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Medical-LiveIamA Guinness World Record Holding Breast Surgeon. I've examined at least 56,000 breasts during my 25-plus-year career as a plastic surgeon. I'm an expert knife and tomahawk thrower. AMA!

Dec 13th 2017 by drted10 • 11 Questions • 62 Points

EDIT: Thanks to everyone that asked these great questions!! I loved doing this - thanks to Reddit and Nat Geo and all of you!! Steve

My name is Steve Winter and I’ve been a wildlife photographer for 20 years. I’ve been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, attacked by rhinos, charged by a grizzly, tracked snow leopards in below freezing temperatures, and even been trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve. I grew up in Indiana, but I’ve always dreamed about traveling the world as a photographer. The dream came true in 1991 when I became a National Geographic photojournalist. And while I specialize in wildlife, I have a particular fascination and love for big cats. AMA! Links to my photos:

Proof: https://i.redd.it/unpg853kor201.jpg https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/941322024202498048

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If you notice that your knife and tomahawk throwing skills diminish, do you think that would be a good sign that you should stop performing surgeries?

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What specifically are you planning on suing them for? I completely agree with your motion by the way, I just want more information.


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How long does it take for you to figure out a sick burn?

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Did Moore ever attempt to contact you directly and, if so, what did he say?


Q:

Any recommendations for a hockey player trying to improve stability on my outside edges?

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Perfect reply.


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What is the most common misconception about wilderness survival that gets people killed?

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What else do you think can be done when feral children are discovered?


Q:

Is it as weird for you guys as it is for me that your music gets played on top 40 radio stations now? Been listening to you guys for almost a decade now and it's crazy how much you've blown up recently.

Also are you planning on playin Sasquatch next year?

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Do you watch This Is Us? You should -- your story reminds me of Randall's.


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What do you think is the Number 1 threat to endangered or at-risk cats?

How can a normal person help their cause?

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They're not necessarily related. One is large motor skills (knife throwing) and the other is fine motor skills (breast surgery). But if my judgment changes and I start to consider throwing a tomahawk at something other than a wooden log round, then it might be time to take sharp objects away from me.


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Seconding Nathan at Access. We disagree with the FCC on their interpretation of the Communications Act. We believe the FCC didn't justify its action with any real facts for abandoning Title II classification for broadband ISPs. Then there are the huge problems with the FCC's process in this proceeding like not meaningfully engaging with the comments and not giving adequate notice about their plan to kill all the rules save some weaksauce transparency provisions. For starters that is.

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this long jabroni


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No -Beth

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Don't be afraid of putting on a pair of figure skates. I think they could really help.

Also, I do a lot of stability on the Bosu ball at the gym which might help.


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nice try.

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It's just a day hike I don't need a survival kit or training.


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I think if the child protection workers had taken Dani away when they first visited her, when she was 2, then again when she was 3, or even if they had at least revisited her to do a welfare check, or insisted she be put in some sort of day care or pre-school, or visit a doctor, they would have had four extra years to help repair / heal her and make up for the severe neglect and malnutrition which have damaged her for life. I think, once Dani was discovered, that so many folks did so much to try to help her, I'm not sure how much more they could have done ... For that first year she was with the Lierows, she got every kind of therapy imaginable. But once they moved from Florida to Tennessee, and lost the umbrella of protection the Florida adoption folks provided, Dani's new parents stopped taking her to outside therapies and left her instruction entirely to the public school. So I don't know if more individualized speech / occupational / physical therapy would have helped from age 10 til 19 ... but it might have.

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It’s super fun, actually! Especially visiting and getting interviewed by those stations. It’s all energy and white teeth and cheesy jokes. Def weird, but really fun weird. Sasquatch is great! Not sure about this year, but a highlight of my life was seeing that giant Alaskan flag in the crowd. -eric


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I haven't seen that show but I've heard some good things about it, I'll have to give it a watch eventually.

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How can a normal person help? VOTE!!! laws for protections come from the Congress on up. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Are you still aroused by boobs? Do you leer at cleavages with lust or medical thoughts.

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Is weaksauce official legal terminology? =P


Q:

Of all of the competitors you’ve roasted, who handled the situation best?

A:

The story said that you approached the accusers, not the other way around, but how did you know to investigate this in the first place?


Q:

In the movie "Blades of Glory", there is a figure skating move there called the Iron Lotus.

If given the chance to team up with a robot skater with 0% chances of error, would you consider doing that move to get gold?

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How do you handle what seems to be a majority of people's "fear of math" (for lack of better term) when incorporating math in your story telling?


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What are some general survival tips that everyone should know?

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This was an amazing story and I particularly enjoyed the way you wrote about the relationship between Dani and her father. I really admire you as a journalist and was wondering if you could talk about how you became a feature writer and what this story taught you about reporting difficult enterprise stories?


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Does "Holy Roller" have anything to do with the Flanders-Lovejoy bowling team of the same name from The Simpsons?

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do you know how it got started? were his parents before him early adopters?


Q:

Hi Steve! This is from my 8 year old:

Have you taken photos of lions?

Have you seen a black jaguar or a white tiger?

Thank you!

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Basically I wear two different hats. In the office and the operating room, it's only medical thoughts. But out in the world, I'm definitely aroused by cleavage and I try not to get caught leering.


Q:

You should really see the things we say about AT&T's legal theories in the official FCC record.

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WingStop


Q:

This is Stephanie: while I was reporting another story in the Gadsden area, I heard that Roy Moore liked teenage girls, and as we began talking to more people, specific names began to emerge. It turned out that quite a lot of people in the Gadsden area had heard these stories about Moore over the years, and some had direct knowledge of the situation.

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Anything for the gold medal.


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I find it's best to not tell them it's a math story! One great thing about math is that it's embedded in everyday life, so you can connect it to things that people already identify with.

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Always have a small, easy to carry kit that will get you through the night when going to the outdoors.

Always form an emergency signal as soon as possible in an emergency.

Get a wilderness first aid card.

Hydrate well before hitting the outdoors, it's better for every climate/altitude.

Take a class with me.


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Thank you! I was a news reporter for 15 years, working mostly in a small bureau on the Outer Banks of N.C., writing two or three stories a day for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, covering cops and courts and zoning boards and hurricanes. In 1995, the paper's writing coach, Ron Speer, became my editor and started asking me to give him my notes before I started writing. That was terrifying. But it turned me from a reporter / quote stringer together to a writer. I knew the story. I didn't need my notes except to fill in the facts ... In 1998, the Pilot started a narrative writing team, led by a young editor named Maria Carrillo, and she picked me as one of four reporters to write narrative features. She sent us to conferences, gave us books and stories to read, and met with us weekly to talk about craft and ideas and edit each other. So that was the turning point from news reporter to feature writer. I came to the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2000 to be a features writer and got the honor of working for fabulous editor Mike Wilson, who really helped me hone my craft and reach for harder stories. I got to work with him for 13 years! And now Maria Carrillo is my editor again! So I've been incredibly lucky to have worked for wonderful editors who let me talk about stories, characters, setting and theme ... and pushed me outside of my comfort zone to cover things I really didn't know anything about. This was the first long-form story I had worked on for more than a month. I spent 6 months reporting and writing, and had 24 other bylines during that time. So I learned you can do a difficult project while still doing dailies and weekenders .... and that it helps so much to break these big stories into chapters.

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Every decision we make has at least something to do with the Simpsons. -Z


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No, they weren't. It started with my dad's older sister, who adopted seven (yes seven) children over a period of 9-10 years. Then my parents adopted me, and then later my dad's other sister adopted a child.

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I have taken photos and spent months with lions. Check out my instagram @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo - my first cat sighting was a black jaguar!! and I have seen a white tiger - there has not been a white tiger in the wild since the last one was shot in 1958. They are all in zoos and are bred for the pet trade which should be stopped - these cats should not be bred - as we have too many in captivity already.


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My mum worked as a nurse on a lot of cosmetic surgery (including a large number of breast augs, though nothing like that number).

My question is roughly how many people have you refused (whether because of surgical risks or because the surgery would be inappropriate for the patient)?

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First off, I would like to say thank you guys. As a lawyer myself, I think this is one of the most righteous causes to fight for at the moment, and if you guys would ever like assistance from a lawyer who has a background in electrical engineering, has done legal work for telecommunications companies, and has a strong understanding of con law, please let me know and I'd be happy to help out.

Second, I know that you responded to a follow-up question below, but I have a more nuanced question that I'd like to ask. You say that the FCC failed to properly follow the APA. What sections and/or clauses of the APA are you asserting that they failed to follow? More specifically, can you tell me what legal arguments you would make in response to this comment by /u/InquisitorialRetinue posted here and reproduced below.

Based on what procedural mandate, and on what theory? The AGs can’t even cite the APA correctly (“Procedure” is not plural). How is this different from interest groups urging the writing of form letters to an agency making identical points, most of which are disregarded by agency staff anyway? (The agency need only consider a significant point, not its redundant iterations.)

For one, it’s not a popularity contest. See, e.g., U.S. Cellular Corp. v. FCC, 254 F.3d 78, 87 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (an agency “has no obligation to take the approach advocated by the largest number of commenters” and “may adopt a course endorsed by no commenter.”). For two, the APA “has never been interpreted to require the agency to respond to every comment, or to analyse every issue or alternative raised by the comments, no matter how insubstantial.” Thompson v. Clark, 741 F.2d 401, 408 (D.C. Cir. 1984); see also Vermont Yankee (“administrative proceedings should not be a game or a forum to engage in unjustified obstructionism by making cryptic and obscure reference to matters that ‘ought to be’ considered and then, after failing to do more to bring the matter to the agency’s attention, seeking to have that agency determination vacated on the ground that the agency failed to consider matters ‘forcefully presented.’”).

Here, the AGs point to comment spam, but then don’t elaborate on how they are material to the validity of the proposed rule. They don’t even articulate a theory! Sure sounds to me like cryptic obstruction of the Vermont Yankee variety.

While this comment is pointed at halting/pausing the vote on the repeal due to the allegedly fraudulent comments, the cited case law (as well as precedential case law such as Citizen's United) does make a compelling argument in favor of the FCC. And, as an engineer, given the standard of arbitrary and capricious, it seems like the FCC has provided enough information to jump that incredibly low hurdle. So while I think it's the wrong outcome, the law does seem to indicate that the FCC will win.

Long story short, I would like to know how you all are planning to respond to those rules and arguments and what other legal theories/arguments you are planning on posing.

Thanks!


Q:

Is your only job managing social media of Wendy's?

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I know you can't disclose what you are working on next, but would it be fair to say that you have been flooded with tips about other sexual predators that will keep you busy for a long time? Would it be fair to characterize what we have seen so far as just the beginning?


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How many pairs of boots/blades to you have ready at any point in time? (Also, I absolutely love how you’ve spray painted the heels on your Pianos.)

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What would you say to your students who are reading this thread?


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What's the biggest mistake people commonly make in a survival situation?

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thank you for your reply! It's very heartening to hear one can make the transition from news to features. I will continue to follow your byline - wishing you all the best


Q:

Hey, I'm going to go see you in Chicago. Could you guys please play "So American"?

Much appreciated!

A:

Were they adopted all at once, or was it gradual, and eventually the siblings started taking care of the new adoptees so it became easier?


Q:

What inspired you to become a photographer? How does one end up working for NGEO?

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Great question. I've refused about 25 percent of the women who have come in for consultation. That's mostly because I didn't feel like I could accomplish their goal.


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Sure! Quick caveat that though you're bringing up very interesting issues we can't hash out the whole legal theory in this AMA.

The state of the record raises a lot of issues only some of which are justiciable and only some of those will be directly relevant to challenging this rule making.

On process challenges in general, here's one we've made public: The agency completely failed to notice the authority upon which the weak transparency rule rests. It's a huge problem for the rules. https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1207948529615/Section%20257%20ex%20parte%20Dec%207%202017.pdf

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yes


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Yes - Beth

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Thanks! It's actually nail polish. Way easier than spray paint.

I always have two pairs just in case anything happens.


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Homework is still due tonight. If you're not done, close this tab.

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Failure to make a signal of any kind. There's usually A LOT of people looking for you; helicopters, atv's, crews on foot, etc.


Q:

And you can try narrative techniques in news stories too ... even just a scene you witness, or a dialog instead of direct quote, or some sensory detail of smell or touch elevates news stories and helps transport readers there. Or try just a small narrative feature. My first attempts were mostly under 1,000 words ... I know that I could never write narratives if I hadn't covered news, on deadline, for all those years ...

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Yeah that’s in the books -K


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No, they were adopted over a long period of time. My oldest cousin, who is black, was adopted sometime in the early/mid-80s (I just don't remember exactly how old he is). The youngest one was adopted in 1994 or 1995. I'm sure they did sort of raise each other to some extent.

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as a very young photojournalist (i did not take a photo of an animal until I was 33 years old) I saw the power of photography to change the world. Look at LIFE and National Geographic - stories of our time were told and made a difference in the realm of law and politics - it is a powerful art form photography. How do you work for NGM? Finding your own vision, how you see the world - spending a long time with your subject so you get an emotional connection that comes thru you images - as all art is about emotion. Showing images to the director of photography - that they have not seen before - or how those images are unique thru your eyes!!


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That's a good answer and quite confidence inducing. Thanks very much. She always said there were a lot of people who wanted to look like their daughters, which is a bit of a challenge :)

A:

Howso?

My only understanding of the matter is that the FCC enacted Title 2, so why can't they unilaterally get rid of it?


Q:

You have the Son of the Baconator, you have the classic Baconator, so when will we get the Father of the Baconator, or as I would like to call it, "The Bacon Daddy"?

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If a person has been sexually assaulted by a public figure, what is the best way to approach the media? What kind of information should they bring forward?


Q:

At the Olympics, do you find yourself hanging out with athletes across all of the sports? Or are there sport specific cliques?

A:

How did you go from hating math to being a math major and CS professor? (And why did you hate math in the first place?)


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What kind of signals would be good? I understand at some point a guy took out a large power line so they would have to send a crew out but I'm not sure how he did that and I also don't know what kind of signals would be good or how to make them.

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How did you think about writing a series of stories about a subject who can't really communicate about herself? I think you did a fantastic job with the story, and everything I've read of yours, but even terms like a feral child, while certainly accurate, seem to speak to that issue being a tricky one to navigate.


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Do you ever listen for the sounds that your hands make?

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I just want you to know that I fucking worship you. Keep it up.


Q:

Thanks for the response Steve. I find it very inspiring that you didn't take a photo of a animal until about half way through life and now you're working for Natgeo

A:

Thank you. I've been doing plastic surgery long enough that I've had patients recommend their daughters to me, and daughter tell their mothers to come to me. It makes me feel good to have their trust.


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Agencies actually can't "unilaterally" do anything. By law they must engage in reasoned decision making and follow the process in the Administrative Procedures Act. Agencies that don't often get their regs overturned. Those requirements include things like providing the public advanced "notice" of their proposed actions and providing adequate evidence for their descision.

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This is the type of comment that makes you glad your account is anonymous


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Email us, call us. Meet with us in person. Tell us what happened, show us any evidence, and point us to other people who can corroborate the accounts. [email protected] - Beth

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The athlete dining hall is a huge cafeteria in which all the athletes gather for some grub. I find that I naturally gravitate towards Team USA athletes since I know there won't be a language barrier, but I remember sitting with other skaters from other countries as well when I was there last time.


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When I was growing up, math seemed formulaic and uncreative. It seemed just like regurgitation: if I figured out how to e.g. add fractions, it would be the same method anyone else would use. In particular, I found calculus boring and resolved not to take any more after high school.

In college everyone was required to take one semester of math, so I took number theory, thinking it would be easy. Numbers are simple; how much theory could there really be? Under Jordan Ellenberg, it turns out, a lot. Jordan showed me the creative side of mathematics, and I was hooked! Meanwhile, I got rejected from the Princeton creative writing class.

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A large triangle, x, or sos on the ground, anything reflective, anything brightly colored, fire, and smoke. Thanks for participating. Symmetry, reflectivity, unnatural coloration, all catch the eye.


Q:

When I set out to write Dani's story, I truly didn't know that she couldn't talk. It wasn't until that first day when I met her in person that I realized how lost ... or locked-in ... she was. So I had to shift my reporting perspective entirely and write the story through the perspective of her rescuers and new family rather than her own eyes. You're right: I always want to share the story from the main character's viewpoint. But that just wasn't possible for this one. I so wish I could have navigated enough to know what was going on in her mind ...

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👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻🤘🤘🤘-Z


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Why? :D

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I started at Nat Geo photographing people and other stories! then made the switch to Natural History and conservation


Q:

I read somewhere that staring at boobs is good for mens health, would you say your above average of health because of this, or is it too much of a good thing and making your health dip?

A:

Is there a particular aspect of the rollback/ change in regulation that you feel meets the arbitrary and capricious language?


Q:

How does your frosty machine never break down?

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Not sure if this will get any visibility or a response, but I wanted to suggest that you provide (or obtain if you don't have one) a PGP key and share the public key here so that people concerned with privacy can share these details in a secure, encrypted manner.

This AMA is getting tens of thousands of views (possibly more) and it might be beneficial in encouraging those more hesitant to come forward with important information about the abuse of women, men and power by those in government and beyond.

I have no need to email (thank goodness) but it may be seen by the right person.


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What did you compete in?

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How can I stop my daughter from hating math?


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Local folklore says that even though the hunter started the campfire, it was a USFS helicopter that fanned the flames and made it spread. What eventually happened was that the hunter was held in jail for 364 days, the charges were dropped, and he was let go. The case never went to trial. Makes one wonder how the fire was really started.

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My parents neighbors adopted a couple of former "crib babies" from former soviet states when I was a kid. You could call them "feral" I suppose, they both seemed to make immense progress in the first few years, then regressed terribly right around puberty (back in diapers, stopped all speaking, etc). Is this common in these situations?


Q:

First off I just wanted to say I love you guys. Modern Jesus came up on my Spotify a few years ago and now you're probably my favorite band. Seeing you guys and Cage the Elephant last summer was an amazing experience.

What's the process usually like when you write a song? How do you come up with lyrics? I remember you guys said you wrote Feel it Still in like an hour. Is it usually like that, or do some songs take longer to perfect?

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There's alot of talk nowadays about "white privilege." Do you feel like you've benefited from that at all, even though you're black? As a black man raised in a white family, what are your overall thoughts on the concept of privilege?


Q:

What are your thoughts on zoos? Also Canon or nikon?

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I feel that I'm above average in health. I don't know if it's because of this - but it can't hurt! Not sure if it's related, but I have needed a stronger glasses prescriptions over the years.


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The most straightforward is that the "evidence" they relied on for this rule making - their investment data is bogus: https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/05/24/fcc-chairman-pai-doesnt-know-how-measure-investment

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Wouldn't say never, but let's just say it's one of the many things Wendy's does better. cough frozenbeef cough


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Tell her that you hate math. Then hating math won't be cool anymore.

(stay tuned for more serious advice to come :) )

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He wasn't charged, I believe, because he was without water for ten hours on a hot day before using his flare.


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That's so interesting ... and I don't know if it's common, but it seems so similar to Dani's situation ... puberty was really when she seemed to backslide ... I wonder what the correlation is there? How old were the children when they got adopted? From what I've heard, those Russian orphans were virtually feral ... so sad ... do you know there are volunteers in the neo-natal intensive care units of hospitals who just hold the babies so they'll get human touch from the time they're born? Those early connections seem to be so important!

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Nah, every song and process is really different. They all come from different starting places (a drum beat, a melody, a lyric, a chord progression). Sometimes they come together really fast and sometimes we’ll work on a song over the course of a year or more. They most definitely don’t always come together as fast as FIS, but i think there’s something to be said about how natural that song sounds and that usually your first instinct is your best. Always good to try as many ideas as you can because you can always go back to the first gut instinct. -K


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I'm not a sociologist and I'm not a very active follower of the social justice culture war thing. But I do in general buy the idea of privilege, although I think it's more complex than people on either side claim, and I think there's a sort of class privilege which is more significant than white privilege per se.

The fact that upward social mobility is much more difficult than we like to pretend means that being born/adopted into a reasonably well-to-do family is a huge privilege. It just so happens that white people are more likely to belong to this category than black people, for obvious historical reasons and probably structural constraints. So I think being born white per se is not a huge source of privilege, but being born white and well-off is undoubtedly a big advantage.

I do also think that being a carrier of white American culture is a privilege in itself, given the prestige assigned to that culture. In my case, I'm privileged in that I can pick up the phone and "sound white" without any effort, and I can identify more closely with the sort of mainstream Anglo-American culture and assimilate into it more easily.

All that being said, I certainly don't subscribe to the idea that all white people are more privileged than all black people, although I think that's kind of a strawman argument used by opponents of the concept of privilege. I have (white) relatives on my mom's side of the family who didn't finish high school and live in total squalor, I am 100% more privileged than them. Basically, I think that in 2017, economic status is a better determinant of a person's chances of being successful than skin color, although the two factors interact/amplify one another in many ways.

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Do not breed animals.

I use many different models of camera - I camera is a tool - like a drill or saw - you can buy many models but the all do the same thing - it is the person that takes the image. Check my instagram.


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Have you ever worked on a patient with Poland Syndrome?

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Has anything like this (from the FCC or other regulatory organization) been overturned in court? If so, how long could it take? The courts are very slow of course, but could public interest increase the speed? Are you thinking within 2 years? 4 years / in the next administration?

*edit: fixed some spelliing


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How did you get this job?

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Were there any allegations brought to your attention that were not reported due to lack of credibility?


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What’s your most and least favorite jump, and what’s your least favorite move (rockers, brackets, counters, chocktaws)?

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What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? What about a computer science professor?

My boyfriend is currently studying computer science, he's unsure of what he wants to do quite yet but I think that's okay. He'll figure it out. What advice would you give to people who want to get into the computer science field? What about those who'd like to write a book?

How long did it take you to write the book for children?

By the way, thanks for doing this for us. I'm usually too shy to participate and ask questions but I decided to try today so I'm really sorry if one of my questions is too nosy or worded bad.


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What are your thoughts on the Primitive Technology guy?

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Hello Lane. My question, has anyone from the birth family or their neighbors ever indicate why Dani was neglected while her siblings were not? What ever became if her siblings?


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Who would win in a fight macho Man Randy Savage in his prime or a coked up guy Fieri and the guy from smash mouth as a tag team?

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This sounds like a well thought out, reasonably nuanced, non-emotionally-charged piece.

You have no place on reddit, get out.


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What model of camera do you use?

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I have. In one severe case, I used a tissue expander to stretch the existing muscle and skin to make room for a permanent implant to match her more developed side. In a less severe case, I was able to use an implant in one stage.


Q:

The FCC like other agencies have a long history of their decisions being challenged in court. In fact, we are where we are today because the ISPs kept challenging the FCC's Net Neutrality regulations in court over the last decade. The ISPs have won this round at the FCC but turnabout is fair play and we'll undoubtably challenge the agency on some of the same grounds they did.

As far as timing - we can't go to court until the FCC's decision is published in the federal register so this whole thing will kick off sometime early next year. And then it could be a year or more until its resolved.

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I posted on this ama saying people call me "the beef" and they hired me


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Yes we chased all sorts of leads, tips, allegations and crazy rumors. We only reported what we were able to substantiate. Beth

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My favorite jump is my double axel and my least favorite jump is definitely my triple salchow. Favorite move would have to be counter clockwise twizzles!


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What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

When I was at camp as a kid, we used to always tell ghost stories. But I didn't find them very scary. So I started to come up with my own. My whole cabin got nightmares.

How long did it take you to write the book for children?

We spent about a year on the initial draft, and then another year revising & getting it published. The most important part of writing a book is finishing it!

What about those who'd like to write a book?

As you can imagine, I was busy with many other projects during those two years. I think it's important for writers to have perspective on & experience in the world around them -- otherwise you just end up writing about writing.

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Awesome. I just hope people realize that the footage is done over time, and those projects are done in half a day or anything lol. He's putting a lot of effort into those projects.


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Her siblings were much older, teenagers and young 20s, when she was taken. It later came out in court records that the oldest brother had urged his mom to take Dani to the doctor and put her in school. I think the mom had her husband to help raise the boys, and after he died she got pregnant on a one-night stand but didn't know the dad and didn't realize she was pregnant and was just in denial that she even had a daughter. Neighbors said she was seldom home, always playing Bingo at the Moose Lodge with a new boyfriend, so she either left Dani entirely alone in that awful room, or left her with her older brothers, who just seem to have ignored her. The youngest brother answered the door when we knocked in September, said he remembered it was Dani's birthday, but when I asked if he thought about her, or what had happened to her, he shut the door.

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Ain’t nobody taking down a prime Randy, brother. Not even the mayor of flavortown and his (I assume) former conjoined twin. -eric


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ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE RACISTS! THE MOON LANDING WAS A MOSSAD PLOT TO INFECT THE ENTIRE PLANET WITH SPACE-AIDS!

Is that better? Can I stay?

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I use many different models of camera - I camera is a tool - like a drill or saw - you can buy many models but the all do the same thing - it is the person that takes the image. Check my instagram.


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In your opinion, do you think that natural breasts can really be too small? Or is beauty in the eye of the beholder and it just boils down to how comfortable the individual is in his/her own skin?

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To what extent does the FCC's decision to disregard (1) the quantity of pro net neutrality comments, and (2) the "cyberwar" campaign to flood the site with fake comments affect whether a court will conclude today's vote was arbitrary and capricious?

The "arbitrary and capricious" doctrine sets a high standard of proof necessary to prevail in a civil action.


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What are your thoughts on A Christmas Prince?

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How did you prepare the victims in the case for the obvious attacks from the gutter press and that their testimonies' and character would be brought into question. Did it put them off speaking out? Thanks, real honour to hear your insight.


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Hi Mirai, what do you enjoy most about the competing having been in some of the top competitions in the world? Also what's your diet like during training season? Thanks and good luck on PyeongChang!

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I also “hated math” when I was in high school so I dropped it after I hit my requisite 2.5 years (I think I really just didn’t understand what its value was). I never finished algebra or took calculus or trigonometry. In college I was a political science major so I got away with only taking statistics.

Now I’m a lawyer and I realize that I probably would have been good at math and enjoyed it. In my line of work I can get by without it, but I deal with a lot of economics/econometrics expert reports and could add value if I understood the math.

Plus I want to exercise my formal logic muscles because they’re getting flabby.

What’s the best way to hop back into it? What websites/apps/etc. will not only teach me in an engaging way, but help me figure out where I should start?


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How many times have you drank your own pee?

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I was not aware of this story. I just read what's posted on the website. This might be one of the most disturbing, yet uplifting things I've ever read.

This policy of attempting to keep a child with its parent(s), has this ever been revisited in this state? Is it like this everywhere? My parents were foster parents growing up and they cared for some kids in terrible situations. Nothing ever like this, but certainly prone to massive mood swings due to fetal alcohol syndrome and thing like this. In almost all cases, the children were returned to their mothers, except one where the child was adopted and another where she passed the age of 18 while living with my parents and continued to live with them after getting a job and paying rent.


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From your perspective, what do you think the coolest thing that fans do to show their appreciation of you is? (Generally or a particular thing a fan did that you thought was the coolest).

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Which ex-USSR country are you in? Have you experienced any racism over there?


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Did you try ayahuasca while shooting the most recent jaguar story for the magazine?

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One woman can have small breasts and be totally happy with her appearance while another might prefer to have them enhanced. It really is an individual decision.


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Without telegraphing (ha!) the exact contours of our legal arguments regarding A&C review the agency must examine the relevant data and articulate reasons for the decisions it makes. There is plenty of evidence in the comment record that the FCC didn't do that.

There are also other standards the FCC must meet. For example, the agency must not have a "closed mind" when it begins a rule making. Months ago Chairman Pai stated that overturning Net Neutrality is a fight he "intends to win". We think that's a serious problem for the FCC.

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We have watched it every day for the last 18 days.


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This is Stephanie. All the women who decided to go on the record did so expecting that they would most likely be attacked. They all had their own ways of preparing for publication day. They were all unwavering in their decision to go public once that decision was made.

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I enjoy challenging myself and trying to better myself in a high pressure situation.

During the season, I try to eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. I eat to fuel and have found that finding the right balance has been extremely important for my regime.


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Great question! This is something I'm pretty passionate about.

In undergrad, my senior thesis was a book that would gradually introduce formal proof techniques to curious people with no more than a high school background, tentatively titled "Proof By Numbers". Princeton University Press was interested in helping me bring it to a wider audience, but then I left for grad school and didn't have time to go through their revision process. I plan to revisit that manuscript soon -- if you want to be a "beta" reader, please email [email protected] with "Proof By Numbers" in the subject line.

In the meantime, I'd recommend How Not to Be Wrong by one of my undergrad mentors, Jordan Ellenberg.

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Mine? Twice. My boyfriend's? Countless times.


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Yes, great question. When the child investigators first visited Dani, when she was 3, the state of Florida's policy was to do everything to keep the child with the birth parent. So they offered services to Dani's birth mom, including free child care, but she refused. And they didn't go back to check on Dani until a year later, when someone else called. Same scenario. I can't help but obsessing over what her life would've been like if they'd rescued her back then ... after the story came out, the policy was changed so that police officers have to accompany child investigators on cases where abuse is alleged. That way, if a truly criminal act has occurred, they can rescue the child and make an arrest right away instead of dragging out a long case plan to keep the child in possible peril.

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Cooking us food is a super nice thing. We don’t always get to sit down and eat like normal people on tour so sometimes a restaurant will invite us in and it’s always super nice for us and our crew. We usually invite the kitchen staff to the show after and we all hang out. Always a fun exchange. -K


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Estonia. Long story short, yes, quite a bit, but people here for the most part are pretty non-confrontational. Naturally, people are very very very curious, as black people are extremely rare here, so I do get stared at everywhere I go, but I have trained myself not to make too big of a deal out of it. Most of my racist "incidents" have been with random drunk people, although I did have a run-in with some psycho neo-Nazis once.

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NO!!!!! I did not try ayahuasca.


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Do you think that the video he released recently making fun of NN supporters and the other FCC member stating it was already a done deal will also hurt their chances of winning? Or are those two things not substantial enough?


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Why does McDonald's ice cream machine never works?

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Rumor is that you and other outlets are preparing a blockbuster story outing dozens of lawmakers for years of sexual assault allegations. Since we're closing in on an election year, when can we expect these allegations to be revealed? And do they disproportionately involve one political party?


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Mirai,

Thank you for doing this AMA and representing the US in the Olympics.

At what point did you know that you wanted to be an Olympic athlete?

Who is the Olympic athlete that you were most star struck when you met in person?

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Can you tell us more about what it's like to work at IEX? As a quant for a fund that I assume is nonprofit what kinds of problems are you tackling? From what I know, most quants are trying to make more money for their firm.

How do you balance being a quant and a professor at the same time?

For context to others, IEX is a stock exchange founded by Brad Katsyuma to combat the exploitative methods of high frequency traders. He is the protagonist of Michael Lewis' Flashboys.


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With a Sawyer squeeze, probably all the time.

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That's excellent news. I just sent your story to my mother. I'm sure she'll find it interesting and heart wrenching. Great job, by the way. You told this story the way it needed to be told. Still can't believe the birth mother agreed to an interview.


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I must be living under a rock, I didn't realize you guys had blown up, but I listen to your stuff all the time. Congrats on the success and here's hoping you get more of the same!

What was your single biggest driving musical influence when you guys were coming together as a group?

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Sorry that you had to encounter those types. What inspired you to move to Estonia, if you don't mind my asking?


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Did you try ayahuasca while shooting the most recent jaguar story for the magazine?

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Nicest pair (my wife's) - and she's sitting next to me right now! No problem with trouser arousions. Seriously, latest innovations: Research being done for 3D printing of breast implants. A lot of work being done with fat transfer. Not seriously: The Brits are implanting microchips that play music into breast implants. The innovation: Women are tired of men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.


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The video was in poor taste (and lame) but it won't have an effect on the litigation.

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Same reason they serve round burgers, because they cut corners


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We don't comment on reporting that is ongoing but there is a a lot of bad information out there. Our own reporting related to Roy Moore and Project Veritas shows that there are deliberate efforts to spread false information. - Beth

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Thanks for having me!

As a little girl I watched skaters like Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan and wanted to be just like them. However, I didn't have a definitive moment where I decided I wanted to be an Olympic athlete. I've just always wanted to the best and I think becoming an Olympic athlete was a part of that goal.

Every time that I see Michelle Kwan, I'm awe struck because she is the epitome of a role model. She's always so nice to everyone and the way she conducts herself is something I truly admire.


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For a sample of the kind of work I do for IEX, you can see my recent whitepaper: The Evolution of the Crumbling Quote Signal

I try to balance work in industry and academia because I felt that staying only in academia was handicapping me in understanding real world systems, and I wanted to work directly on things that have a positive social impact.

In terms of time and energy, it is a difficult balance. I teach crypto at night.

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Sadly, they don't desalinate. I do recommend them for hiking though.


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I can't either! That's always so surprising to me. The folks I least think will agree to talk are often most grateful I asked! She kept thanking me for at least wanting to know her side of the story ... and she gave me a ton of court records and medical records that I wouldn't have been able to get because of privacy concerns. Just handed me this huge Hefty bag of documents and said, "You might want these. I don't know what's in there. But I don't need it back." A journalist's dream come true!

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The Beatles and The Wu-Tang Clan. -Z


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I'm in grad school here. Was actually living/working in Russia when I took a trip here for the first time and I really took a liking to the place.

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Also - I have many stories that I tell - depending on the moment. I love the first encounter with a cat - when one came to my door while I was in bed on top of a mt. in a cloud forest in Guatemala - I heard the stairs creaking then the floorboards creaking then scratching under the door then a loud sniffing. I used the walkie talkie to call down the mountain to the naturalist I was working with and he said "Steve don't worry - it is just a black panther"!!!!!!!


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Do you think there is a chance of success of repealing the repeal?


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So how do you guys really feel about your competitors burger King, McDonald's, and Arby's?

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Your team was surely aware the report would be disputed by Moore’s ardent supporters, no matter how much research. Was there discussion over how to respond to a group that dismisses any and all evidence? Was there a need to convince them the allegations are credible, not biased?


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There is a guy here in Norway that has a tv show about driving to the olympics except that he doesn't have a license so he got to ask random people to drive his car to SK. Would you watch that?

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I noticed that your TEDx talk uses the gruesome example of hiring assassins to showcase the need for encryption. I understand that the example is far removed from reality (need to replace the head of the Rabbithole IT department to save some kittens).

How do you feel about the stance of some governments against encryption, and the argument that citizens who have nothing to hide shouldn't be using methods that can prevent interception from law enforcement?


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right. imagine if they did? you'd survive for months at sea in a dinghy.

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So what was your approach to asking her for an interview?


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Hey guys it’s Bexx I just wanted to say hello and thanks for the hook up for Sunday I messaged you on Twitter lol

I guess my question is this! What’s better? Some delicious ass Sizzle Pie slices at 2am or some delicious fuckin brunch on a Sunday morning?

Love y’all byeeeeee

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What was Russia like? I've heard there are black Russians, but I've wanted to visit and have heard some odd things about race relations there.


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Hi Steve! What's the longest you've spent in the field waiting to get the shot? Is there a photo you were most excited to have captured?

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Great idea. You should suggest it to the company!


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Sure, both in the courts and in Congress. As we've said, there are serious legal defects with the order and Rep Doyle and Sen. Markey have stated they're going to introduce a bill disapproving of the FCC's vote today and restoring the 2015 rules.

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Obviously we think we are the best. Arby's tweets sweet anime and video game stuff, so no hate there.


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Before the story was published, we went to the campaign with all of our key findings, including the names of the women and an overview of their claims. The Moore campaign never responded specifically to those claims. Instead they made a general statement: "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." Beth

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Yes, is it on Netflix?


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In my opinion, encryption and related tools are incredibly important even to citizens with "nothing to hide."

Even if I don't have sensitive information in my communications, I may still want to access the internet in such a way that my view is not filtered and targeted to my identity or my location, for example. Frankly I am as concerned about companies on this front as I am about governments.

Mandating that all information flow must be able to be monitored and outlawing things like end-to-end encryption would make it impossible for people to access information in an unlinked and "neutral" way. Imagine a world where everything you can see is tailored to your identity and history - without you having any way of knowing that this is happening! We need to give people tools to control how they receive information, not just how they send it.

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they make hand held desal filters but they're like $700.


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We just knocked on the door, told her we were writing about Dani, and wanted to talk to her to find out what had happened that led up to that day the investigators came ... It was a great lesson in just going for it, making sure everyone you're writing about at least gets a chance to have their voice heard.

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Yo Bexx! No sweat John is hooking it up. I try to do Portland brunches any day but Sunday. Sizzle Pie is always amazing. See you Sunday. -Z


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Russia is an acquired taste. I've spent a lot of time there doing various things. I'm obsessed with the country despite the fact that I do deal with quite a bit of bullshit while I'm there (people openly pointing and laughing, coming up to me on the train and asking if I have any drugs for sale, talking shit about me in Russian which I speak, the constant stop-and-frisks and document checks by the police, don't get me started on what it's like going to smaller cities and towns). It's hard to explain, I guess it's sort of a love-hate relationship. Being black in Russia is certainly "interesting", haha.

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The longest I have spent in the field is 4 months at one time - it is a long time. I do love photos that make a difference - like the Hollywood Cougar - it sparked a movement in greater Los Angeles - where people are happy to live with wildlife in such a large urban area. Now the largest wildlife overpass in the world will be built over the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon. #SAVELACougars


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is it possible to combine cosmetic surgery with medical implantation (e.g. heart rate monitor, tumor removal)?

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Serious question. Did you sue them before 2015? If so what was the outcome? Is that how we got NN originally?


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Have you ever gotten in trouble for anything you posted?

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What amount of contact, if any, did you have with the "National Democrat Party" in the course of developing the story?

JFC: I'm not accusing them, just asking to reinforce that Moore's camp are liars. Please stop asploding my inbox.


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We love your Miss Saigon free skate and your dogs!

Have you seen Miss Saigon on Broadway yet?

What has been the hardest part of getting your triple axel consistent?

As an avid Drag Race fan, what is your favorite season and favorite lipsync?

What is your favorite musical?

Is Michelle Kwan as magical as she appears to be?

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Thanks for doing this!

How do you come up with ideas for new research?

How do you handle when a research project you spent a lot of time on fails to work?


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I've never seen an AMA host answer this deep into a comment chain. Well done for venturing this far into the Reddit wilderness.

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What are your feelings regarding Dani being so heavily drugged at all times?


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It does! A revelation!!

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I'm interested in hearing more about feeling like you don't fit into either group. Are there parts of either culture that you feel you are connected to/not connected to because of the particular circumstances?

You also mentioned that you have cousins who were adopted into white families, is their situation as far as where they lived similar? and how has this affected your relationship to them?


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Do you need an intern?

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Usually heart monitor implantation or tumor removal would take precedence over cosmetic surgery. I advise my patients to take care of their medically necessary issues before they do elective surgery. You got to be alive to show off your cosmetic surgery!


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The ISPs sued again and again over the last decade as the FCC tried to enforce Net Neutrality rules. We ended up with the 2015 order when the courts made it clear that if the FCC wants to enforce Net Neutrality rules it must do so under Title II of the Communications Act.

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Not like big time trouble, but sure, we've been "talked to."


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None, zero, zilch. - Alice

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I just recently saw Miss Saigon on Broadway and it was amazing!

I've had all of my jumps for almost ten years now, so I've had time to get a feel for them. The triple axel is still a new jump for me, so it's been a little more challenging to conquer.

My favorite season of Drag Race is season 5 because I love all of the queens' personalities, but favorite lip sync has to be season 9 Shea Coulee vs. Sasha Velour singing, "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston. The rose petals were everything.


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Failure happens a lot!

I like to have multiple areas of research going at once, which increases the chance of something working. It helps that cryptographers are unusually good at turning failure into results: when a system breaks, we all learn something. (when we fail to break a system, we're also happy, for different reasons!) Often, these failures lead to ideas for new research.

Also, I have a favorite boxing gym.

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Ha thanks!


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Yeah, not sure what to say about that ... it was hard to tell how much of her compliance was maturity / losing that urge to create conflict, vs. being medicated to the point of not wanting to lash out. I mean, if the meds help keep her calm, that's great. But it seems hard to know what's helping or hurting because you can't get her perspective. When we showed the USF psychologist video of Dani now, she nodded sadly and said, "That's the old Thorazine shuffle ... what everyone in mental institutes used to look like."

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I got you


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As to your first question, I would answer that I have no connection at all to any sort of "black culture" as I have only been exposed to it in the same form that most white Americans are exposed to it (i.e., TV, movies and music). So my impression of black culture is colored (heh) almost entirely by representations of black people in the media as opposed to firsthand experience with them. At the same time, I am black, and sometimes I feel like I'm expected to justify my interest in certain activities or styles of music ("You listen to Bon Iver? Haha, that's so white of you!"; "I didn't know black people liked to hike!"). I just think the fact that I'm black but not really black gives people a certain anxiety, in the same way that, for example, an androgynous appearance might. That's not a very eloquent answer but whatever I guess.

And secondly, their situation was quite a bit different as most of them were raised around large numbers of black people -- my aunt and uncle have black friends and there is a substantial black population in the city where they lived. I honestly have never talked to them about this issue specifically because I am not particularly close to any of them. Their lives in general have been quite a bit different than mine, though. I basically had a quiet and uneventful upbringing and a stable family life, whereas several of them have been in and out of juvie/mental institutions/prison (my youngest cousin got really deep into drugs and crime and is serving a 10-year sentence right now). I think this has to do with family dynamics, namely my aunt's mental illness and just the logistics of being raised in a family of 9 children, and other factors such as the high rate of crime and drug use in the community where they were raised.

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Right now I have a intern and assistant! thanks - stay in touch.


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would the longer procedure duration of combined surgery outweigh the risks of performing multiple surgeries? are there any scenarios where doing both at once would be better than doing it separately?

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Hey, I've supported NN regulation unwaveringly for awhile. Recently I've started seeing some articles that are providing counter arguments to some popular pro-NN points. Primarily a) it's going to help competition b) the examples of NN violations in the past were over-exaggerate and/or eventually fixed themselves and c) fast lanes and zero ratings aren't that big of a deal and won't really hinder innovation. I'm curious what the counter-counter argument would be. Secondly, will it be legal for comcast (for example) to throttle all other services other than NBC or would that be considered anti-competitive? Thanks!


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How do you deal with people's disappointment when they find out you're not a hot animated redhead?

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Some people, including many prominent politicians, have said that these are "40 year old allegations" and that diminishes their importance and that they were only brought up to prevent him from getting the seat in the Senate. How do you respond to that? Do you believe that these stories should break in a way/time to have maximum impact?

Edit: I do believe the allegations and think that they are absolutely important to know. I also understand why the story is being given attention now-especially with the WaPo's answer below-and think it's a great thing it received national attention.


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Do you play vidya games?


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I am a biologist working with anthrax ecology in the Namibian deserts. Sometimes I have American students, and they tend to bring just too. much. stuff. Like the safari tourists who all come in full khaki clothing to sit in their buses. We have to occasionally burn our clothes when they get too contaminated, so expensive "outdoors clothing" would be an intolerable waste of money on a researcher's budget. It is just working outside, and even the lions are almost never a problem as long as we work in pairs. How can we teach kids to freak out a bit less, and not see every contact with nature as a case of extreme survival needing expensive gadgets?

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Thank you so much for doing this AMA. This is the first I have heard of this story, and I spent much of my time reading through tears. Your sensitive, even handed, and in depth treatment of this subject, and all involved, shows me that your Pulitzer was/is well deserved. Bernie is nothing less than amazing, and an example to us all of what unconditional love really means.


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guys, been fan since PSU daze. My friends and I saw you at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon plenty of times. Thank you for all the fond mmrz. My question is in your wildest dreams did you ever think you'd have the #3 single in the country? What has the last year of your life been like? Am I still gonna run into Zach at Kellys Olympian?

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I would want to hug them if I knew they couldn't rip me apart in seconds lol.


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In cosmetic surgery, for women who wanted a lift and implants, it was thought to be safer and recommended to do the breast lift surgery first followed several months later by the breast augmentation. It is now accepted that combining both surgeries is safe and better than doing two separate operations. It's believed that operations that are over 6 hours long (unless medically necessary) are riskier.

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a) it's going to help competition

There's actually been a historic level of investment since the 2015 order. We've catalogued that here: https://www.freepress.net/press-release/108079/its-working-free-press-documents-historic-levels-investment-and-innovation-fccs

We've also heard that argument and I just can't connect the dots on that one. I'd have you challenge or investigate the claim that giving ISPs the power to block, throttle or create fast lanes increases competition. It'll likely work to create an incumbency protection racket where ISPs can work with big content providers to secure fast lanes thereby relegating start ups to a worse and harder to access tier of the internet.

b) the examples of NN violations in the past were over-exaggerate and/or eventually fixed themselves

Here's a list of notable violations. https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/04/25/net-neutrality-violations-brief-history

One thing to keep in mind is that these violations occurred in an environment where the FCC was committed to overseeing the behaviors and protecting consumers from the unfair practices of ISPs (whether that was under a Title I or Title II regime). Today the FCC has said it will completely abdicate its oversight role over ISPs. It's a whole new chapter in the ISP shenanigan game.

c) fast lanes and zero ratings aren't that big of a deal and won't really hinder innovation

These practices distort the market and encourage further consolidation. We're now in a world where a company like Comcast owns both access to the network and is a huge content creator (NBC) as well. Under the new regime Comcast can privilege its own affiliated content crowding out newcomers and other media.

Secondly, will it be legal for comcast (for example) to throttle all other services other than NBC or would that be considered anti-competitive?

Let's call this an open question. I'll note that this kind of anti-trust litigation can take years during which companies like Comcast can reap the benefits of gaming the network. This is why bright line rules are better than post-hoc enforcement.


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used to letting people down in person. No biggie

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This is Stephanie: naturally, when there is a race for U.S. Senate, especially a high profile one, reporters are going to begin doing all sorts of stories to try to illuminate the candidates. So it makes sense that reporters would be in the Gadsden area at this time, asking questions. Other than that, our only focus was reporting the story thoroughly and publishing if and when it was solid.


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Hot but not burning lava hot, so whatever tempurature that would be. Comfortable.

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No, my little brother Pat (who's always had a dark sense of humor) beat me at Nintendo too many times when we were kids, and I lost the spirit.


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I would say put them through a basic field course first. Once they are i the field with nothing, they learn to appreciate how little they actually need. Thanks for participating!

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Thank you for taking the time to read the story ... it was my honor to get to follow Dani's journey, and to reconnect all these years later.


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That shit hit number 1 on the pop charts! So wild. Never thought this song would go as far as it has. Been a super fun ride and we’re still in the middle of it. Chances of running into me at any dive bar in Portland are high. For years a close friend of mine worked at Kelly’s so I would pop in often to hang, but not as much since she left. -Z

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How can we be close to these cats? Lets make sure they have a future on our planet. Vote - from local to national elections - laws of protection come from the local up to national level. That is real concrete way to help - also find a good organization to help. Build a Boma with NG big cat initiative! Save lions that way.


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Did you train on cadavers? If so, was the former person aware that they'd be getting implants in the after-life?

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Does the legal weed located wendys locations outsell the non legal?


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The night before the election, one of Roy Moore's Army buddies told an anecdote of a time they witnessed a fellow soldier patronize a brothel, in Vietnam, that he said had "very young girls" - has there been any investigation into that claim or is it not worth chasing?

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hi mirai! i'm seeing miss saigon tonight and i'll be thinking of you! how is lexi? how the hell do you even own that many dogs and maintain your schedule? i have one puppy and i've missed the gym for a week.


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Hi! As a freshman CompSci major who also loves to read/write and isn't in love with math, I'd like to know in what other ways have you seen people blend the two besides writing for children?

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Good point. Do you have any good suggestions as to where I could refer prospective US students to go get some experience before coming over?

My problem is, I don't have the opportunity to teach basic field to American students, me being a Norwegian working in Namibia in this case. As we in Norway have conscription, and I spent some time deployed after that and work with some other ex-military colleagues from the Namibian and South African armed forces, I expect 25-year old grownups to have a decent amount of field experience before they come to work on my projects, but this is often not the case. So having somewhere for them to get a bit comfy before they come, so they don't burn themselves out unnecessarily just living in a comfy camp would be excellent.


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Hi Lane. I greatly admire your work. As a young reporter trying to navigate my way through a narrative project, I've found myself overwhelmed and overloaded with notes and information. What's your organization process? You mentioned only using your notes to fill in facts. How do you do that? I tend to use my notes as a crutch and it becomes time consuming when I sit down to write. What does your writing process look like? Do you wait until you have all the material? Has it changed over the years? Sorry for all the questions. And if you have any tips on finding some of these great stories, please share! how do you balance life and work?

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Hola! 1) Why is it for you as a band to go, like several times, to Europe and not to come down to South America!? Honest question. I really hope you guys get noticed that you have a quite great fanbase over here and we're way too proud of your success🙏 2) Congrats Jason for your baby boy! How are you handling that job is it harder than touring nonstop with ptm?? 😄


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Two years ago, I trained other surgeons on a cadaver in a workshop at Louisiana State University. I taught them how to do my approach to a simultaneous augmentation and lift. Your afterlife question? Your guess is as good as mine. Years ago I went to the cadaver lab at my medical school to practice a procedure - a nasal reconstruction technique - never before performed in the Philadelphia area.

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The legal team is in the room, so.... no comment


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I did reach out to that buddy but he didn't get back to me. Beth

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You're going to have a great time!

Lexi is doing great! Three dogs is definitely a lot but it was hard to say no when I knew they needed a home.

The puppy stage is probably the hardest since you have to potty train them and you have to let them out more often. Word of advice, puppies go through a serious chewing stage. I always have bones lying around so that they have something to chew on and don't chew something you don't want them to. Soup bones from the supermarket are great for them.


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I'm encouraged to see the explosion of apps & games written by young people. I'm not an app developer myself, but I think interactive storytelling is a growing opportunity to advance both technology & culture.

On a totally different note, I like seeing CS researchers try their hand at automating humor. For instance, my colleague Lydia Chilton has a paper on AI joke writing!

On an other other note, you can come hear me perform nerdy standup at Caveat's "Symposium" in NYC!


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Yes, my writing process has totally changed over the years. And it's quite different if I'm writing a news story, or on deadline, or only have one notebook of notes as opposed to the nine legal pads I had for Dani. So, since you asked: 1. I finish 90 percent of my reporting before I ever think about writing. Then I duck into a quiet cave, no social media, no phone, and read through all of my notes ... taking notes on the notes, so each big legal pad gets reduced to one page of notes, more like an index of what's in that notebook. 2. I make a list of characters, scenes and themes ... then a timeline / chronology of events. 3. I try to figure out what background / context I need to weave into the narrative, and which scenes I can turn into cinematic experiences for the readers. 4. I put away all my notes, in my car or kitchen, and take a shower, or take the dogs for a walk, or do laundry ... something to engage my body but free my mind. And I make myself think: What would it be like to be that person? Where would my story start and end? What's a good cliff hanger / question to end the first section? 5. I write the lead long-hand on a notebook that I keep in my bathroom, bedroom, glove box, kitchen sink ... I never sit in front of a blank computer screen without having the lead written already. 6. I make myself write in sections ... don't get up until you finish that Diet Coke ... forcing myself to keep typing until I hit that goal / prize ... I write without notes. I need to know where I'm going to end, even if I don't know where I'm going between the lead and the last line ... 7. After the story is done, I go back through my notes, and notepads, and fill in any details, numbers, things I have forgotten. And I make whatever other calls / research inquiries I need to fill in whatever holes I might have found. 8. I print out the story and take it outside somewhere, or into another room, and read it on paper with a pen. 9. I go back and make corrections, edits in the file. 10. I print it out again and ask someone to read it to me out loud. If no one is around, I read it out loud to my dogs, or record it on my phone so I can listen for rhythm, word choice, sentence structure, syntax, etc.

I write so much faster when I don't use my notes as an excuse to procrastinate. And I find my own voice so much more easily when I'm not just stringing together someone else's quotes.

My work and life are so intertwined, I don't know if that constitutes balance, but there isn't a day I'm entirely off work, not thinking about my stories, nor a day that my husband and kids don't creep into my work thoughts ...

As for ideas, see if this hand-out helps ... it has tips and a link to each tip that shows a story I found using that tip ...

Finding Story Ideas: Tips your editor won't tell you

Lane DeGregory, Tampa Bay Times

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, 2009

FINDING FOLKS

1) Talk to strangers

    Be nosey, sit by the old woman on the swing, everyone has a story 

Pier singer Elmer Wright: “Still shining”

http://www.sptimes.com/News/040101/Floridian/Still_shining.shtml

2) Play hookie

    Roam aimlessly, let someone else drive, ride the bus, look around 

Cashier Michael Turbe: “A Father’s Day 41 years in the making”

http://tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article623516.ece

3) Read the walls

    Check bulletin boards, buy bad papers, scour the classifieds 

Husband Mark Tanner: “Where did she go?”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article706028.ece

4) Sit the bench

    Be a fly on the wall, eavesdrop at beauty parlors, eat lunch alone 

Anthony and Ryan Moran: “A brother’s bond”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/autism-cant-tear-twin-brothers-apart/948355

5) Make freaky friends

    Opposites attract, befriend photographers, use your friends and kids 

Carnival guru Ward Hall: “The last sideshow”

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/28/Floridian/The_last_sideshow.shtml

6) Get a life

Eat dirt at the drag strip, join bowling leagues, go to festivals 

Holocaust survivor Helga Harris: “Dear Friends”

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/11/16/Floridian/Dear_friends.shtml

7) Ignore important people

    See who's in their shadows, stakeholders, other ways in 

Miss St. Petersburg’s shopper Allan Brown: “The dresser”

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/22/Floridian/The_Dresser.shtml

8) Celebrate losers

    Dreams don't always come true, ask about failures, lessons learned 

Homeless artist Rick Lewis: “Homer’s odyssey”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/homers-odyssey-for-cartoonist-living-in-shelters-and-on-street-home-is/1254643

9) Wonder: Who would ever?

    Here's to you, Mr. golf ball picker-upper, Dirty Jobs, why you? 

Public health nurse Flo Concklin: “They call her Mama V”

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/03/30/Floridian/They_call_her__Mama_V.shtml

10) Hang out at bars (or coffee shops)

    Check out different dives, try a martini, always come back to Cheers 

Garbage truck driver Allen Smith: “Gone in a flash”

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/30/Floridian/Gone_in_a_flash.shtml

GETTING THE GOODS

11) Give everyone your phone number

    Keep in touch, don't dis PR people, ask what else is going on 

Russian pianists Alah Rozanovsky and Valentina Kits: “Music reunites”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/music-reunites-two-russian-piano-teachers-in-clearwater/1248680

12) Be late

    Old news is good news, it's easier after the arrest, whatever happened to 

Town Manager Steve Stanton: “His second self”

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/03/11/Northpinellas/His_second_self.shtml

13) Work holidays

    Relish rituals, find faith, new traditions, those who can't celebrate 

Foster kid Shane Sheil: “All he wants is a mom and a dad”

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/12/21/Floridian/All_he_wants_is_a_mom.shtml

14) Take stories no one else wants

    Make people care, write for other sections, find a new way 

High school senior Stacey Karavokiros: “Prom wish”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article490129.ece

“A prom queen holds court”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article499266.ece

15) Look for the bruise on the apple

    Ask uncomfortable questions, celebrate conflict, sucks for them 

Stunt man Evel Knievel: “A daredevil comes back to earth”

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/08/05/Features/Daredevil_Evel_Knieve.shtml

CRACKING THE NUTS

16) Lie on the floor, climb on the cabinets

    See stories from a new angle, seek new perspectives 

Drug court defendant Stacy Nicholson: “If I Die Young”

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/a-young-woman-struggles-with-oxy-addiction-and-recovery/1206405

17) Listen to the quiet

    The sound of silence, what doesn't happen, questions not answered 

Hurricane hunk Jim Cantore: “The storm chaser”

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/09/20/Floridian/The_storm_chaser.shtml

18) Go along for the ride

    Invite yourself over, ask for photo albums, vacuum the scene 

Actress Michelle Dowdy: “Mama, I’m a big girl now”

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/webspecials05/big-girl-now/

19) Take small bites

    See a sliver of the big picture, shadows in the news, I can’t imagine 

Mom Cheryl Brown of Trayvon Martin’s neighborhood: “The Retreat”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/trayvon-martins-killing-shatters-safety-within-retreat-at-twin-lakes-in/1221799

20) Don’t be afraid of yourself

    Share your life, open up, tell stories, take risks, you are a character 

Tucker’s elephant flies out the window: “I brake for Bobo”

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/11/04/Floridian/I_brake_for_Bobo.shtml

Don’t be a snob. Don’t think you’ve heard them all before.

Help your writers take chances, surprise your readers with new lenses.

And remember, sometimes the best stories are in your own backyard.

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With the touring schedule we’ve a had big demand of shows early and our career over there and developed lots of long lasting relationships. We will always try our best to get gigs in South America as well. Til the one.
Thanks for the baby wishes. He’s doing great and is my new little fireball of light in my soul. It’s for life with me and the little guy! Music has always been a part of my experience on this planet wether playing it or being the listener so both elements music and family rule and circle my every breath of existence. JS


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Thanks for your answer, but my question was do people who donate their bodies to medicine know they will end up getting cosmetic work done on them, as opposed to being used for other types of training?

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What made you guys say, “Wow, corporate accounts are boring,” then proceed to become one of the most successful public reach-out campaigns of the year?


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How big was the web of enablers? Or was it just shrugged off by the people around him as something that was somehow culturally acceptable?

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Any chance we’ll get the name of the restaurant to try some delicious sushi?


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How many math classes did you take to get a CS degree? Would you consider a B.S. in computer science to be worth it?

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That sounds like great fun! I'd love to participate in one of those.

And first aid and map navigation are crucial basics! Very useful!

But apart from that I was more thinking of simple everyday things like:

How to remember to fill the extra jerrycans of fuel and water before going out, but FFS don't tighten the lid in the cold morning so it bursts in the heat of the day. Calculate fuel for gravel roads correctly.

How to drive on gravel roads without fucking up your tires or tipping your car, and without shaking your kidneys loose, and watch out for those overloaded trucks.

How to maintain an old car so it doesn't break down on you. The closest triple A equivalent might be days away if at all.

It will break down sometimes nevertheless. How to make it still go to where you need. Or use a fucking VHF for when you absolutely can't.

Some spiders and snakes are venomous. Some are not. Don't freak out over the ones that aren't, you're not getting them out of the shower anyway.

There are snakes and scorpions. Bring your flashlight when you go out at night, and keep an eye on the ground for the darn puffadders, but otherwise learn that they aren't out to get you so relax.

There are occasional leopards. So have your kid make noise when he needs to go out at night, but remember they don't attack adults.

How to talk to people that don't think your own country is the best of the world. Most are still nice. Including the poor and black ones. Learn to recognize the exceptions to this rule without being scared to go out to the pub at night when we have some days in town!

When to shut up and GTFO. When to stand up and pick a fight. How to not get on the wrong side of the local police or other powers that be.

Learn how much food you need, and what will spoil before you can eat it, so you don't have to trek to the shop every week!

How to maintain your boots and other kit. How to not have your shit stolen.

Learn that jackals may have rabies, so don't feed them from your fucking table! And avoid feral dog packs. But don't kill the neighborhood stray -some kids love that dog and their mom may be manning the local Police checkpoint tomorrow morning...

Etc. etc.


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Amazing, gut-wrenching story. What were your thoughts when you found out Dani’s adoptive mother had given up on her after 3 years? While I can imagine the difficulty of raising a child like Dani, it broke my heart reading that Diane never even visits Dani in her home.

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I saw you in Amsterdam! Does Zachary often down bottles of liquor during shows or was it just a one time thing?


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I didn't know so I googled it and found this: "No special requests: Most programs won’t allow you to donate your body for a specific purpose — you give them the body and they decide how to use it." So I guess the person didn't know they would be getting new breasts.

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We've had this tone for awhile, it just took time for people to notice.


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We talked to many people who said they had "heard" about Moore pursuing teenaged girls or said "everyone knew" but we worked hard to find people with direct knowledge of his behavior. A couple of the women we wrote about had openly dated Moore when they were teenagers so it wasn't a secret. Beth

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Restaurant Kiyosuzu in Arcadia, CA. Be kind to my mom, her English isn't the best but that's how you know you're getting authentic sushi.


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My first two degrees were in math, so, a lot! That's not a typical path, but it gave me a strong foundation.

I think CS degrees and math degrees are both valuable, and I encourage people to take classes in both.

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It would be simple for us to customize a course based on these needs. It's basic field stuff in austere conditions. One of our team is a certified snake handler (out of Australia no less) and we both have experience in Africa and other remote locations.


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That broke my heart too ... no matter what happened with her and Bernie, I'd hoped she still thought of Dani as her daughter ... but to tell the truth, when we revisited Dani after only those first three years, it was clear that Diane had all but checked out and left most of Bernie's care up to her, so I can't say that I was surprised ... just disappointed ... I can't imagine the sacrifice it would take to care for a child like that, knowing they'd never age out and be able to live on their own ...

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Nah that’s everyday, we like to party during the shows. Keeps it loose -K


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Hey doc, hoping you're still answering. My wife is really wanting breast augmentation. She has very small breasts and she's wanting something that will give her cleavage without being too big. How would you suggest we research and find a good size?

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How long each day do you guys sit down and analyze memes?


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Do you think Roy Moore will still have a career in Alabama politics after all of this?

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We love Kiyosuzu (Pasadena represent) - best neighborhood Japanese restaurant and have been going for 10+ years. Everyone there is so very proud of you!


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To a computer engineering graduate (bachelor's) with average mathematical knowledge, do you recommend MS in CS or is it safer to just go work in some coding job?

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Can I send you some of our stretchy tactical pants to get your take on how they hold up? We're a family owned company, been making uniforms for public safety for 81 years. This is not a promo thing.


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Wow. That was a tough read.

What was up with William? The first article briefly mentions that he's disabled and/or unable to care for himself. It said that was part of the reason they didn't want to adopt a child with such problems. But then it's not really mentioned again and he even helps with Dani. I also wonder why he hasn't seen his dad or sister in so long. That's really sad too. He seemed close to Daniel, like he was a pretty important part of her life.

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I saw you in Amsterdam! Does Zachary often down bottles of liquor during shows or was it just a one time thing?


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I suggest finding a board-certified plastic surgeon near you who will discuss your wife's goals, measure her and then show her before and after pictures of their patients who have measurements that are similar to your wife's and who got different size implants. My patients tell me that this process is very helpful in determining what can be achieved and what they like.

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You mean, how much time do we spend living like cool guys? ALL DAY BABY


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He still hasn't conceded! - Beth

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Like!


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If you have the option to work in CS, I usually say "take it". You will learn more about what you do & don't know, and what areas of study interest you. If you then decide to go back to school, you have that option.

Otherwise, I typically only recommend a MS in CS to those whose undergrad degree is in something else.

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wow that would be great! I love new gear, and all of my work pants must have stretch. please DM me here and I'll send a shipping address. If they're great I'll recommend them!


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No, there wasn't anything wrong with William. I'm not sure where that idea came from ... Dani's birth brother, who she seemed to be left with a lot, was in special ed. But William Lierow was fine, and a great help when she was young. It's my understanding that the divorce between Dani's adoptive parents was very acrimonious, lots of accusations being flung around, and William went to live with Diane, while Bernie kept Dani. Bernie said the last time he saw his son was at his high school graduation last year. I don't know why William removed himself so much from Dani, but I know she was a great source of angst and anguish for both parents, and part of the reason they ultimately split. But when they were young, you couldn't have asked for a better big brother than William. Dani was lucky to have him in her life.

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We enjoy a nice shot every once in a while on stage during performances. Taking a sip from the bottle is always the easiest way to rock that! JS


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Have you ever tried to talk a woman OUT of breast-enhancement surgery?

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You ever coming to the UK?


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Hi, great work!! I am a journalist and wish to know how you initially discovered -- before you found out the information Stephanie laid out in the video -- that the woman sent by Project Veritas was not telling the truth? Any tips on how to better vet people who I interview and who are dishonest and attempting to pull off a hoax would be much appreciated, thanks!

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I'd seriously like to know how you manage your skating time with other things in your life like school and such?


Q:

What storytelling techniques are your favorites, for science?

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What's the best pocket knife for under $20?


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Thank you for answering and thank you for sharing her story.

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This just made my day!! And The Crown John!!

Edit: You Can't Control It


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Yes. One woman said she was basically happy with her breasts and she was there to do it for her husband. I refused and told her it had to be for her. I explained if she does this and her husband dies sometime after her surgery, she's now stuck with something he wanted, not what she wanted. It's very rare for a woman to get breast implants for someone other than herself.

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Maybe. We did a pop up in London pretty recently. You never know.


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We use a variety of public records and social media to match their story and to help determine their accuracy. But it can be an issue for news organizations that don't want to spend money on the tools and staff that can do this. Many media organizations have closed down or decimated their research departments. - Alice

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Coffee. You're welcome.


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For young audiences, I like to personify abstract concepts as living, talking characters. We took this approach in Funville.

For older audiences, abstract concepts are more likely to become plot devices, with dramatic consequences. So in my TEDx talk, attribute-based encryption became "the safe way to hire an assasin".

Either way, it has to be funny.

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Not quite a pocketknife but the Mora Companion is razor sharp, made in Sweden, and will last you a lifetime. $12-$16 on Amazon


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Thanks for the great question, and reading about Dani. Like so many other folks, I had so hoped that they had rescued her in time to make up for the awful neglect ...

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Before we did Evil Friends we recorded an entire other album and that was one of the only songs from that session that’s been released. Some of those always seemed stripped down and kind of “Let it Be...Naked” I always dug that vibe of a band in a room recording live. -K


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Is this one of those "3 Truths and a Lie" ice breakers?

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How was the the twitter team selected? Compared to other franchises' on twitter y'all have been on point on the roasting, entertainment & just being funny.


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thinly veiled the antisemitism was.

B-But the Moore campaign had a lawyer who’s a Jew!

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What song would you choose for a Last Chance Lipsync?


Q:

How can Computer Science and other STEM majors attract more women?

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Good to know the morakniv I bought was worth it


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Do you intend on writing a follow up in another 10 years?

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Saltiest fries? Hmmm.... I feel like it must’ve been a Five Guys experience of our own making.


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Not familiar with the reference, but everything so far I've said is true.

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Our Twitter team has mostly been on the account for years. So not totally sure how we were chosen. Maybe because we are all so cute.


Q:

That was Beth

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Listen by Beyonce


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For one thing, I think we need to push back against the myth that if you haven't started in computer science/STEM very young, you won't be able to keep up. Also, we need to do a better job of showing all students the role that STEM can play in domains they may already care about: like the role of mathematics in medical imaging, the role of computer science in disaster relief and response, the role of statistics in baseball, etc.

But actually we are starting to see more women in STEM majors in some undergrad programs these days, for example at Columbia, though this trend is far from universal. But retaining women in the academic pipeline and industry at large beyond that remains more of a challenge.

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Heck ya it was!


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I hope so ... I'm definitely going to keep in touch with Bernie and see how he and Dani are doing ... and I'd love to reconnect with William and Diane one day! My youngest son is the same age as Dani so I think about his milestones, and where she could be if someone had found her sooner ... or her birth mother had only put a TV in her room!

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Not at In-N-Out -K


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Can you reply to this so I have something to tell my parents to be proud of me for?

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Can you PLEASE do some sleuthing on Ajit Pai? Asking for a friend.


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What's your most memorable competition experience?

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Can you sum up computer science in one sentence?


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How many pushups can you do?

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There is no doubt your story and your follow up made an impact on society. Everyone that reads it get the feels.

Do you think reporting tragedies like this, including the follow up which wasn't a happy ending for anyone as far as I can tell, make an appreciable difference in society? Does it raise awareness and make essentially good people better members for being more vigilant outside their own bubble of the world, or is it just limited to being better within their own bubble? (reporting more hinky things and potentially saving more children from fates maybe not as dire as Dani's, but still awful, on up to fates worse than hers, versus just making more of an effort with our own children.)

Is the latter good enough to make the world at large a better place in your opinion?


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What would you do for a Klondike Bar?

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good luck


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EDIT: AMA on net neutrality with u/b_fung on r/technology this MONDAY at 12 pm ET, 9 a.m. PST.

We've just confirmed it. Set your reminders. Proof

This is Gene, the social media editor who runs this reddit account. I can tell you that I'm working to land an AMA elsewhere with our net neutrality reporter Brian Fung, who's been covering the issue for longer than he can remember. Stay tuned!

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Vancouver Olympics! It's more than just competing. The Olympics are so much more and it's so exciting!


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Computer Science is the study of what can & cannot be computed, and how efficiently. An example of something that cannot be computed is a one sentence explanation of computer science.

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About 70.


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I think any time we can get readers to think, or feel, things that they hadn't considered, that's a breakthrough. So much news coverage happens after awful things that if we can at least raise awareness, or make neighbors look out for each other more, or remind law enforcement / child investigators to be more vigilant about follow-up responses, then it's worth it to share those stories. If the article incites change in laws or the way investigations are handled, even better. So many people responded to the story saying they were hugging their own children more tightly, being more grateful for rowdy bedtimes or spilled milk ... that's a worthy outcome in and of itself. My former editor, Mike Wilson, used to caution reporters against "emotional voyeurism," writing about tragedy just for the sake of showing tragedy. He believed that there needs to be a higher purpose for exposing such pain ... in Dani's case, sharing her story resulted in at least a dozen children getting adopted, so I think that's the best result I've ever had from any story!

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Our souls are already spoken for, so... sex stuff. -eric


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Are you all comedians who also do social media stuff, or are you just social media people?

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Consider me tuned.


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Hey Mirai! Big fan of you these past few years, I watched you skate in person at Skate Canada GP last season! Thanks for doing this AMA! I have 2 questions for you.

I saw on USADA.org that you were one of the most tested figure skaters this year, do you think they saw videos of your 3A on social media? I hope you get +GOE on it soon ;D

Also this season has been pretty injury plagued for a lot of skaters due to a variety of reasons, how do you personally, as a skater who has been on the senior circuit for a long time, ward off injuries?

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I'm not sure if you'll see this, but this AMA caught my attention because I'm studying Computer Science, and there aren't many women in this field, so I'm grateful I've found someone I can aspire to be.

What's some advice you'd give another woman trying to survive in this field? I'm so close to graduation, but I'm terrified of the real world setting, and that I'll get swallowed up in the male dominated field.

Also, I'm a CS tutor, and yet I struggle with math (I took PreCalc this semester and did horribly on every exam). How do I get better outside the classroom when I don't give a damn about math? I read your comments about applying math in a 'fun' way, but how do I get through boring coursework in the meantime?


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I can do 12.

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Does Diane Lierow still visit Dani?


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Zach, was fantastic meeting you after the London show in September. I also absolutely love your photography work. As someone who is more interested in slowly getting into analog photography, I wanted to ask what camera(s) do you use and what's your favorite film?

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Ummm, one of us was/is a comedian also.


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Working on a schedule literally as we type. Will let you know in this thread and on our profile.

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I didn't even know that you could see how many times I was tested but yes, USADA can come test me to makes sure I compete clean at any time. Although it's sometimes inconvenient, I am open to testing at any time since I make sure I compete clean.

I make sure I get enough sleep in order to recover adequately and when going for difficult jumps, I'm not embarrassed to put in my butt pads. Safety first!


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What's some advice you'd give another woman trying to survive in this field? I'm so close to graduation, but I'm terrified of the real world setting, and that I'll get swallowed up in the male dominated field.

First off, don't disqualify yourself from a game you want to play. If it turns out you can't do something, learn that the hard way. If you quit preemptively, you definitely can't do it. You don't have to commit to this industry (or any industry) for the rest of your life. The skills you pick up in tech will serve you well in whatever you decide to do. And there are lots of different kinds of jobs and different kinds of companies in this industry - it's ok to switch around until you find what suits you in a place with coworkers who don't suck.

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I love you.


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No, she hasn't seen her since the divorce a couple of years ago ... and she wouldn't talk to me about Dani for this story, citing legal concerns ... I told her I didn't care about the divorce, I just wanted to talk about Dani, but she and William both refused. Bernie has been Dani's only visitor since she moved into the group home in January :(

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I use a bunch of cameras and film, but my favs are my Canon A1, Yashica T4, Hasselblad 503cm. I’m really loving JCH 400 B&W film right now. Thank you! -Z


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Many years ago there was a Wendy's conveniently located within half a mile of my office. It was replaced by a Tim Horton's which has since been replaced by a bank. Not a single morning has gone by that I haven't woken up thinking about having Wendy's for lunch, only to remember that it is no longer a possibility. I start my day, every day, by standing in front of a mirror screaming "Why is this happening to me?!" while pulling out tufts of hair from my head.

So, if you had to choose somewhere other than Wendy's to eat lunch, where would it be?

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The 5th reported person to accuse Roy Moore was Beverly Young Nelson (with the Year Book). She appears to have been brought to the media's attention by Gloria Allred. Did the WaPo vet and check her story before adding her to the Washington Post's list of accusers?


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Do you think there will be a point in ladies skating where quads or triple axels will be a normal thing? I ask because of the crazy technical evolution in men's skating these past four years.

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Any advice for a computer science undergrad looking for internships/work?


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What are your thoughts on the show, Naked and Afraid?

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Has she responded to music or art (drawing, finger painting ect) in any meaningful way? Is her dexterity advanced enough to the point where she could manipulate a brush/pencil or attempt to put together Legos or stack blocks?


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Hypothetically, how many hats do you think you could eat?

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Maybe grab a lollipop at that bank?


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We reached out to Gloria repeatedly to try to connect with Beverly but she did not respond. Family members also declined to talk to us. So we did not report that we had confirmed her story. - Beth

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Yes absolutely!


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Make sure they pay you in USD, not ETH.

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Fun to watch, I understand that it's entertainment more than anything. I've worked with three of the women; Ky Furneaux (tough as nails), Anastasia Ashley (great and creative girl), and Manu Toigo (can probably kick your ass). Also one of the guys trolled me on instagram and challenged me to a jiujitsu match to decide who the best survival expert is. I like the women better.


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No, unfortunately she can't really even hold a pencil. A fork was about as good as it got ... So she never really played with legos or blocks or dressed a doll or even did peg puzzles ... I'm not sure about the music component ... I never heard any while I was with her either 10 years ago or now ... but she sure liked the metallic voice of that toddler helicopter!

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Turn the cap upside down and fill it with mash potatoes and gravy and I’m in. JS


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Are you Millennials or an older generation?

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Now that the election race is over do you think the victims will be taken more seriously? There was a good amount of Alabama white women and men voters thought the allegations were faked to derail Moore.

Edit: I was wrong to think it was majority source. scroll down to where it says most women and independents thought allegations were true.


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What is the name of your parents' sushi restaurant? I would love to -roll- on by for a visit!

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Hi can you fill out my course equivalency form for Crypto? lol


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Do you find the show somewhat accurate?

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jesus fucking christ.

this is the type of shit that tells me god left the building many many years ago.

How does a story like this weigh on your mind/heart?


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You guys are my absolute favorite band! I love how each album is so completely different but still uniquely you.

Are you guys ever going to do anything else with the endangered song? I know the point was that it’s supposed to go extinct if the fans don’t pass it on, but it’s my favorite of your songs and I don’t have a copy other than a not-very-good rip from online.

Edit: also Sumatran tigers are coincidentally my favorite animals, so thank you for helping to raise awareness about their endangered status.

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We're a bunch of youngins


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I think the fact that so many media outlets followed our stories reached out to the women we talked to shows that that they were taken seriously. Beth

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Restaurant Kiyosuzu! Make sure you send me a post! I'd love to see photos!


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Your email has been queued.

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I would say somewhat.


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Sort of like it did on yours ... It is just unbelievable that a mother could do that to her own child, and not go to jail for even a day ... and even more unbelievable that strangers would take a girl like that into their home and give her a real family, despite all the work and anguish it meant for them ...

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Thanks for the love, as far as copies of the song... it’s indeed a rare bird. It was even one of my favorite songs of the era. That’s part of how all these things work. Nothing like a rare song you have to hunt down and not have an easy way to enjoy it, I go through the same thing with some of my favorite songs. Long live the treasure hunt! It keeps it special, rare, and to not over indulge. Best of luck. JS


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Have the execs ever been pissed at you for a tweet? And have you ever had a particularly brutal one that you decided not to post?

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Have there been attempts from groups other than Project Veritas to seed disinformation in order to discredit your investigation? If so, will those be revealed?

Also, as an aside, will you please pass on our most profound thanks to the women whose bravery exposed Roy Moore (further) for what he is. I cannot even fathom the courage and tenacity they had to summon to tell their story. This country is in their debt for helping to save us from the corrupted rule of power mongers like Moore. All the very best to them.


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Have you watched Yuri on Ice? If so, what did you think of the skate routines?

If you (or anyone else) haven't watched it, I'm linking to a video with two of the routines below. If you love ice skating, it's worth a watch.

https://vimeo.com/188403329

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What would you recommend for someone that wants to get into teaching CS?

I have a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, a lot of software engineering and dev experience, and I've tutored in CS. I've also done technical training for junior team members at my current job.

I'd love to be a CS teacher, on the high school level—maybe even college, though I'm not so sure they'd take me seriously without a masters or PhD. I'm just not sure where and how to get started. I could take education classes, but my state (PA) doesn't have much in the way of certifications for computer science.

How did you get into teaching CS? Any words of wisdom for someone aspiring to teach CS?


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Just wanted to say that I think your writing is amazing, Holly Zachariah from the Columbus Dispatch came in to one of my classes and shared the lede's to some of your stories and I just had goosebumps. As an aspiring journalist, I genuinely appreciate your work!

Just wanted to ask, what advice do you have for students who want to do special project stories like this in their careers?


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I remember seeing you guys at Vooruit in Gent - Belgium (a fairly small stage), since then you have become extremely famous, how does that feel and how did it happen? Did the release of 'feel it still' just set everything in motion?

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We do stop ourselves from posting some stuff. Might save those ones for r/roastme


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In general, I do think we need to encourage more people with your kind of experience into the classroom. Unfortunately I'm not an expert on getting through state certifications. You may be better off working backward: find the schools or universities nearest you and ask them how you can pitch in.

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We teach individuals and organizations how to respond to outdoor emergencies, especially in remote environments, as well as wilderness medical certification programs, and technical outdoor skills. I developed the curriculum myself based on my experience as a professional outdoor rescuer and wildland firefighter. I am a Search and Rescue Technician, Ropes Rescue trained, Swift Water Rescue Technician, helicopter host rescue trained, confined space rescue trained, former EMT, and I am working on the first national certification program for basic outdoor safety and survival. Here is my catalog https://www.californiasurvivaltraining.com/our-courses


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Hey, thanks to Holly! That's great to hear! ... As for advice, I think you have to start small, write a little narrative around a city council meeting, find a scene to illuminate a larger news story in 1,000 words or less, practice writing about senses: taste and smell, especially. Then find a project you can do while you're still covering news. You don't want to check out for six months, put all your eggs in that basket, and have it not be the most monumental thing you've ever accomplished. But if you're still writing dailies and covering news now and then, you can better chip away a project, and convince the editors to give you time to report once you've done some work on your own and know more what the story is ... also, find a great photographer to partner with. All my best projects have been a true collaboration with a photographer who is going out and doing the reporting and watching the scenes unfold with me, not after the fact. And it helps immeasurably to have someone to talk over the story with while you're reporting, before you start writing.

Some other advice, which you didn't ask for, but since I wrote this to a college journalism student not long ago ... she asked me what advice my 50-year-old self would give to 20-year-old me, and what mistakes I had made ... so here goes:

I wish I hadn't thought I had to be so smart. When I was starting out, I was afraid the politician I was profiling would realize I didn't understand property taxes; that the hockey coach I had to interview would out me for not knowing a hat trick from a helmet; that the commercial fisherman would think me unworthy of sharing his story because I had never been on a trawler. So I tried to study as much as I could beforehand and fake my way through difficult interviews, nodding and taking notes. Then I'd sit down to write and realize I really had no idea how to explain what was going on to my readers. That wasn't fair to them -- or the subjects.

As I've gotten older, I've realized, it's okay to not know -- it can even be endearing. When you ask people to explain, tell them you're far from an expert, offer that you have to be able to break this down so all the audience can understand, subjects appreciate that. They want to help you get what they're doing, see what's important to them. They don't want you to BS them, or get it wrong. So they won't see you as dumb but rather as smart for asking so many questions, for admitting your fallibility, for wanting to get it right.

Instead of trying to stay out of the story, I wish I had shared myself more. I thought it was important for a reporter to remain on the sidelines, sort of sheltered from her subjects, and in the early years I think I used my notebook as a shield. I was asking people all these questions, sometimes really personal questions, but I never let them know that I was only 25, or was scared of sharks, or that my car had broken down on the way to the interview and that's why I was so flustered and late. I thought I should be sort of teflon-like, untouchable. But that only shut me down, and kept people at a distance.

Being pregnant, I think, helped me move into a new phase of reporting. There was no hiding that from my sources, and it gave them something to talk about that was personal, that I couldn't keep inside, that helped them connect to me as a person -- not just a reporter. Plus, I couldn't hide that belly behind a notepad :)

Now I tell everyone I talk to that I'm a writer -- not a reporter, that sounds scary -- that I'm 46 years old, married to my college sweetie, who is a drummer, that I have two teenage boys and two crazy dogs and a turtle the size of a dinner plate. That lets them think of me as a wife, a mom, an animal lover -- not just someone who wants to dive in and ask them to open up without sharing herself. Dogs, kids and cars will get anyone talking. And it's important to talk to people, not just interview them. I also let them lead and guide the story now: Where do you want to start? What do you want people to know? (I used to think I had to be in charge ...)

I wish I hadn't thought I knew what the story was about before I reported it. When I was starting out, my editor often told me what the story was about before I ever went out to report it -- so I tried to tailor my questions and observations and even the writing to what I thought the editor wanted. But the story you set out to get isn't always the story that's really there, or the best way to tell it, or even a true reflection of whatever reality you're trying to capture.

I wish editors had given me more leeway to say, okay, here's an idea, now go out there then come back and tell me what you think the story is. I wish I had had more confidence to say, no, really, this is what I saw and think ... or maybe there isn't even really a story there at all. Being willing to go with your gut, to let the story morph and evolve, to see where it fits into the context of people's lives, makes the experience so much richer, the story so much better. And closer to the truth.

I wish I had pitched more stories I wanted to do, instead of tackling assignments I didn't want to do.

I wish I had done more stories I wanted to do in my own time, instead of making excuses like the editors won't give me time.

I wish I had taken more risks with my writing early on, let myself experiment with voice and dialog, different structures and chronology, trusted myself more to just tell a story and not feel like my job was to share information.

I wish I had read more short stories and fewer newspaper articles.

I wish I had attached myself to more senior writers I admired, asked more questions, gotten more advice.

I wish I had done fewer phoners and gotten sunburned on more boats.

I wish I had known that it was okay to make mistakes, that no matter how brilliant -- or bad -- your story is, another paper will come out tomorrow, so it's okay to try something that might not work. But it's not okay not to try. Or to bore yourself by always doing what's safe. Or to think your readers will care if you don't.

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Dude, that place is so cool and crazy! Different countries and stations sometimes take longer to pick up a single. Feel it Still had already moved to pop radio in the states when we were on that Vooruit tour. Since then we’ve been doing great on Belgium radio. The UK as an example is juuuust starting to play us. Everywhere is different, but having a hit in different countries certainly helps. -eric


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https://twitter.com/wendys/status/816498310529875968

Do one of your staff actually play(ed) RUNESCAPE? Or did you guys have to research who the greatest player of all time?

/r/2007scape, /r/Runescape, and I are waiting in suspense!

Edit: this seriously was a LEGENDARY tweet by your team. It really hyped up the Runescape communities!

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I watch a few right-wing Facebook pages and still see the "WaPo offered $1,000 for a Moore accuser" memes spread daily. By now, they have been stripped of any details for fact checking (they don't embed the tweet, for instance, and just make the assertion) so it is very hard to try to refute it. I alternate between trying gently to show the other commenters that it is incorrect, and just ripping into them for being gullible rubes supporting stolen valor (from the twitter account's identity appropriation).

It feels pointless to try to engage. Fake news is so asymmetric in that it is so easy to make, easy for some to believe, and nearly impossible to remove. 1) How do you deal personally with being targeted by fake news and 2) any ideas on ways to stop it?


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Since you've started skating, how has your training evolved over time? Have you used any new techniques, or recovery methods?

What is your favorite kind of sushi?

Do you have any plans after skating?

Were is your favorite place to skate/visit?

Thanks for answering!

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Hello, Ms. Bishop!

I'm in a very similar circumstance to you right now - I've spent most of my teen life dreaming of writing, but now I want to be a cryptographist/infosec specialist.

My question for you: do you feel as if you approach what you do differently from your peers?

I'm taking a programming course in my high school right now, and oftentimes my solutions to assignments are vastly different from others in the class (who seem to have a much lower tolerance for varying approaches to similar but unique assignments). For example, we're currently making a program that determines end behavior of a polynomial - in approximately 200 lines of code, I check for degree (regardless of format - location of degree term doesnt matter), sign of the degree term, and error-check user input (of the polynomial). Many other students in the class are struggling to find the sign of the polynomial's degree term if the function is not written in standard form, and I think my writing background (and probably massive interest) are helping me a lot. There's not a lot of writers-turned-programmers that I know, so I'd be interested to hear what you think. :)


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Confined space rescue. That's gotta be the scariest position to be stuck in. Literally. Do you have any story's from people getting caught in caves or rocks or anything that either made it or did not? I hope most of your rescues have been successful but you must have seen some bad stuff. Not sure how much you're willing to talk about but I and others are interested in failures or body retrievals.

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Dani's story stresses how vital the early development of a child is. Did covering this story change the way you interact with your own children?


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What's it like finally getting some mainstream Top-40 success after a decade on mainly on the alternative charts? Seeing you guys on the Billboard Top 10 list next to Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran is mind blowingly weird.

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At least one of us has played runescape


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That allegation was from a known troll who has since been deactivated, here's a good piece on him: https://www.thedailybeast.com/troll-smearing-roy-moores-accuser-stole-dead-seals-identity?source=twitter&via=desktop - Alice

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Yes. I used to skate at 6 am but I don't think my body could handle triple axels that early anymore.

I like all types of sushi.

After skating, I want to sit on the beach with a Mai tai.

I love Japan. It definitely helps that I can speak the language as well.


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My writing background helps me intuitively find the simplest explanation that makes sense. I try to avoid over-engineering for the same reason I strive for brevity.

The best advice writers get is don't be afraid to "kill your darlings". A lot of engineers need to be told that, too.

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The worst I've seen was a wrecked cattle carrier full of sheep. Detached from the truck and slammed into a hillside at 50mph. It was 90F+ out too. The extrication was some straight PTSD shit lmao. Sheep carnage.


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My boys were 9 and 10 when I worked on this story, so the younger one is the same age as Dani. I remember them telling me to stop hugging on them so much whenever I'd get back from a weekend away reporting with her ... So yes, I think I tried to insert myself into their worlds even more after spending time with a child who had been so left alone ... and I know that the detective who found Dani and rescued her quit his job and took early retirement so he'd have more time to spend with his young son, because he said he realized after interacting with her how vitally important those early years of interaction are! ... my sons are off at college now, becoming who they were meant to be on their own, and that's what had me wondering about Dani, how she's doing now that she's aged out of high school special ed and at the time in life when most kids start to launch into their own independent lives ...

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It’s been a nice climb to the top haha! What can we say? The song is catchy and fun to play live. The world works in mysterious ways my friend. JS


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Hey Wendy's Twitter, How much do you think that your account's popularity has actually increased sales? Furthermore, why do you all think that more brands don't copy you?

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Based on your experience with the accusers why do you believe they chose to make themselves public now rather than during one of Judge Moore's other statewide campaigns? Do you believe the #meToo movement empowered them - or was there some other factor?


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hi mirai!!! i've been a fan of your personality, your work ethic, and drive for success since your junior days! you're a big inspiration to me!

question: what do you see yourself doing/getting involved with after you finish your skating career? has any class at your college open you up to a new possible career path in the future?

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Thank you so much for the response! It's nice to feel a bit of vindication.

Followup question: what do you mean by "dont be afraid to 'kill your darlings'" in reference to programming/engineering?


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Wow. I knew there were bad parents that I would beat if I could...but this "mother" if you can even give her that title...she ruined Dani's life. Dani is gonna be dealing with this her whole life and as such the mother should suffer in every way imaginable. Screw being humane this "mother" doesn't deserve that. Now that Im done ranting, what is the extent of the charges if thats been made public?


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Hey guys two questions! what are your biggest musical influences and also what artists are you listening to right now? Saw you guys a couple years back at the after show you had after Lolla in Chicago. Most unreal show ever! Keep killing it!

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I think many brands are getting a more fun approach. Poptarts, Arby's, MoonPie, are good examples.


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It's hard to say whether they were influenced by the broader national environment. As for Leigh Corfman, her reasons for coming forward now were detailed in the story. She did think about coming forward during an earlier campaign, but was concerned about repercussions for her young children. - Stephanie

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Thank you!

I'm going for a degree in international business and I'm hoping that my background in Japanese can open up some opportunities there.


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Don't be afraid to:

  • Simplify your designs, eliminating things that you thought were clever but turned out to be less important.
  • Test your attack surface! Better for you to break your design than other people.
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I've done long distances survival "expeditions" in the various terrains I teach in, have worked in them extensively in terms of firefighting, guiding in parks, and natural resource rehab. I've been trained in environmental biology and high performance in extreme climates. The curriculum is based on what is most useful when you are out there with little to no gear, weak, and tired. Of course, the curriculum develops as my skill set does.

Yes, I am a bit of a trailblazer. We know of know other school with our diverse offerings and I can lead nearly all of the courses personally (with the exception of the counter custody/tactical stuff). There are many many many schools, like 20 in California alone- many of which simply copy me- the website, prices, all that stuff. I also no of no other civilian instructor/school that has worked this extensively with the military.


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She has companions at the group home, at least ....

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We all have super different backgrounds and influences. As far as bands go i could listen to The Beatles and Elliott Smith the rest of my life and not be bored for a second. I also find a lot of inspiration in classical composers like Debussy, Chopin and Rachmaninov. I also probably listen to the least music to be honest, Tasty J is always jamming some deep cuts. -K


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Being savage on the internet is scary for brand teams. How did/do you sooth their concerns?

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I do have a question. Partially related to this.

Last month, someone from Project Veritas tried to give you fake accusations in order to discredit you and discredit the legitimate accusations against Moore, until you caught them.

Do you have any plans to file a lawsuit or anything like that against Project Veritas?


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I know you travel a lot, but do you get to see most places that you compete in? If so, what has been some of the most memorable places? Thanks.

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How did you find a publisher willing to sign you up when you had no background in writing?


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Guys, how welcoming has the older fan base been since the exposure explosion occurred this year?

Also, it's surreal seeing your guys grow from the show up at Lake Tahoe earlier in 2017 to a return in spring to the Grand Sierra's awesome theater. Congrats, and you guys deserve it!


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Success happened before anyone had a chance to be scared. And then we just kept going through mistakes.

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No, nothing that we are aware of. - Alice


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I got to go into the White house and shake Obama's hand. Wow, right.

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We sent a draft to Natural Math and they liked it! I hope you do too!


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I need to up my jungle and arctic survival games.

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The family is still at the core. I still know and recognize the front of the line at most shows. Doesn’t matter if it’s a club, a theater, or an arena. It’s amazing to watch it grow.


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All time favourite mcdonalds roast?

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As investigative journalists, how often do you have to confront fear, or work in fear? With a record number of journalists imprisoned this year, and increasing hostility toward journalists and news outlets, do you ever fear doing your job or uncovering something that would be dangerous to report? How do you deal with these emotions (if they exist at all) and continue to deliver good work?


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How do you feel about no NHL players being involved in the men's hockey tournament this year?

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How do you feel about Columbia's stress culture? Do you think the CS students are overworked?


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Have you ever considered covering John Lennon? You'd do any song justice and I can't think of a better band to do so. Working Class Hero?


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That original asking for a friend one.

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I didn't feel scared reporting in Gadsden, Ala. One of my colleagues. Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief, recently talked at a company-wide awards ceremony about the dangers she and other foreign correspondents face every day. That is real bravery. - Beth


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I do think students these days are overworked. It's not unique to Columbia or CS, but I think we as a faculty and institution in general should do more to give students better perspective & balance. 5 years from now, nobody will care if you got a B+ instead of an A-. But it doesn't always feel that way at the time.


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If it is affordable, there is a lot of great technology out there that may come it handy. Like the doorbells that are also cameras that show the person at your door on your phone. To be honest, this question is out of my league. Thanks and best wishes!

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We’ve messed around jamming Mind Games, wouldn’t say a Lennon tune is out of question -K


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I mean, it has to be the Black Friday one. I applied aloe vera after reading it.

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Thank you very much for your quality reporting.

When you've spent time researching and putting together a bombshell like this, is it hard to transition back to working on the day-to-day journalism?


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I've been figure skating for close to 10 years now and I've gone through several rough patches that have made me want to quit skating all together. Have you ever gone through through something like this and what advice would you give to someone going through this as well?

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Are you self publishing through Amazon/Createspace or did you go the traditional publisher route?


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Big fan of the latest music videos (well all of them really) and how you guys are always experimenting with them. Any chance you might give a VR music video a go at some point?


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That was also a fun day

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I'm going on vacation for two weeks! - Beth


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Yeah absolutely! Not making the 2014 team was one of those moments for me.

I think about if quitting is something I truly want or it's a temporary feeling. I still love training even though I hate falling.

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We were published by Natural Math, and also did a Kickstarter for initial funding. So, neither solo nor fully traditional!


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dang it! thanks I'm on it. fixed it. the last thing i want on my site is the internets most hated grammatical error!

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Not something we talked about but i wouldn’t count it out. We love making music videos and are always trying to make something new and fun. The live in the moment video was rad to make. -K


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Do you need another member? I don’t have a Twitter, and I have no marketable skills, but my friends call me “the beef”

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You said that you reported on allegations that could be substantiated. How do you substantiate claims about inappropriate sexual activity, which might not have been witnessed directly by anyone who wasn't there?


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What's the process of choosing your music? Are you the one behind it, is it Tom Z., or Jeffrey? Also, how long have you been working on that Triple Axel? (Also, congrats on NHK! Slay at Nationals and PyeongChang! Love the Saigon free skate!)

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Did you always want to write children's stories, or was there another genre you were interested in writing about growing up?


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I do a lot of multi-week motorcycle camping trips in the more remote areas of the western states. I carry a lot of the typical expensive outdoorsy gadgets that you'll find most yuppies have (InReach, jetboil stove, kurydan filter, tent, sleeping bag, etc), but is there anything really simple that you find people often overlook that can make a huge difference to survival or enjoyment of trips?

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I remember a while back there was some controversy about "Modern Jesus" (favorite song btw) so what's the official meaning behind the song?


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you are hired

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That's often true and it is hard. We looked into the backgrounds of the women we interviewed to see if they had a history of fraud or making false allegations. In some cases, we talked to friends or relatives with whom they had shared their stories. - Beth


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I've been working on the triple axel for a long time, especially during the summer when we don't have to focus so much on working on programs. This summer was an extremely good summer for me!

Choosing music is a team effort. Jeff has to feel like he can create something special for me and I have to feel like I can listen to it everyday and perform it to the best of my ability. Tom also makes sure that it's music that the audience and the judges can relate to and will love.

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Growing up, I was constantly writing murder mysteries. Even today, in most of my stories, someone dies. (except in children's books!)


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Don't do Inreach or Spot, do ACR. Even the Coast Guard uses them and no subscription needed. Also, satellite phone rentals and minutes are more and more affordable.

Making fire from scratch in foul weather is the most difficult survival skill. Not very many people carry a good accelerant. I recommend either esbit cubes, fast fire, or webber grill cubes. Wet fire cubes are also good but they come in smaller portions which mean shorter burn times. They all burn at over 1000F but the first 3 last for over ten minutes, wet fire averages around 5-6. Also, UCO stormproof matches only. Go for the titans if you have room. Once lit they can't be extinguished, they even burn under water. Forget fire steels. Thanks for your question!

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I think everyone interprets that song differently. To me it’s just about having faith in yourself. -K


Q:

Congrats to you guys and Moon Pie for being the only brands I follow. What other brands don't suck on Twitter?

Is there a particular tweet of yours that you feel deserves more love than it got?

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What is your vetting process for stories like this? Do you only publish allegations that you are certain of, or do you instead leave personal opinions out of it and publish if you think there is some sort of credible basis?


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So excited for Figure Skating! Can you tell me what goes into the process or decision making for choosing your costumes? Good luck. We are routing for you!

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Really appreciate the advice! I hadn't thought about fire starting stuff, definitely going to google everything you recommended and get something to carry with me.

I like the InReach not just for the SOS, but so my friends and family can track my progress on maps and for the bi-directional texting.


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favorite city to play in?

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There have been plenty of golden tweets that didn't get picked up, but some just silently go viral, like that picking cheeseburgers off the vine tweet.


Q:

We interviewed the women repeatedly, to make sure their recollections were consistent. We only reported details they were certain about, and when possible, we talked to people they had shared their stories with (mothers, friends, et al). We asked them if they had kept journals. (No). We also, when possible, pulled public records that would corroborate their stories. Beth

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A quick sketch and I talk to my dress maker about the concept I'm going for. Then bang, there's a dress at my door.


Q:

they've failed me in the field.

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I don’t look at any list of tour dates and get bummed out on anywhere. Every city has an identity and some places have incredible history, but some of my favorite shows have been in hole-in-the-wall clubs in the suburbs. I do think that Red Rocks in Colorado is probably my favorite overall experience. -eric


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What's your take on the re-imagining of Wendy as a smug anime girl which spawned tons of fanart?

A:

When was the first allegation brought to your attention?


Q:

Hello Mirai! My daughter would like to ask you what one piece of advice you would have for her to be just like you when she grows up (she's five and she's been skating for a year now)? Also, she's hoping that she can watch you on TV in PyeongChang!

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Everything helps in a survival situation. Being well prepared having basic survival knowledge is key but what i have noticed about survival training and information is that it's always based on having these survival items with you. My first question is how do you train to survive with absolutely nothing. Example ; you're hiking in the mountains of northern California in January. You fall into a fast moving river and lose everything now what? Question 2 is a person can be prepared with tangible items but is mental preparation just as important? The ability to handle violence or severe circumstances?


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Been listening to you since you toured with Minus The Bear which I believe was your Church Mouth album. Just had a random question, are most of you atheist? I notice some of themes of that in your songs, just never knew if it was true.

Thanks so much for entertaining me for all these years!

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Some of the art is cool, but some people obviously take it too far because the internet ruins everything lol


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October Beth

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As cliche as it is, as long as you keep loving the sport and believing in yourself, you're going to be golden!


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That's one thing about my school that makes it fairly unique; we have minimalist training in actual wilderness environments (namely Alaska). We teach people how to survive with little to no gear. Understand, not everything is survivable. If you fall into a fast river in January, you'll likely drown from the soaked heavy clothing, or rapidly succumb to hypothermia once you self rescue. You have minutes to strip down and make a fire in freezing conditions before your brain switches off. You have to be lucky, in great shape, have close to dry weather, and lots of good accelerant and UCO matches immediately at your disposal, and be in an area with dry wood.

Mental fortitude is key. Anyone can build a shelter on a nice day with a lunch in their pack. It takes fortitude to do it with a fractured ankle while you're going hypothermic. The "I can, I will, I must" attitude and the ability to think critically and use your training in extreme circumstances.

A:

Thinking for yourself is important. I know fantastic Christians who question theology and listen to the misfits. I think organized hive mind mentality worries most of us in the group. We’re all humanists and critical thinkers. -Eric


Q:

Are any of you redheads?

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I'm a sports psychologist who works primarily with professional baseball players. Would you be willing to shed some insight into your mental preparation techniques as a figure skater?


Q:

Do you have any tips on dealing with feet/hands getting too cold? I find myself losing feeling in my extremities anytime I ice climb or even ski now.

A:

what is the biggest downside of main stream success?


Q:

Temporary hair dye does not wash out as well as it should, so thanks to Halloween the answer remains yes.

A:

I also work with a sports psychologist because I get really nervous before I compete. I find that focusing on my breathing really helps since I sometimes forget to when I feel so much adrenaline!


Q:

Get hand warmers. They are a game changer. I use them inside jackets and sleeping bags all the time too.

Also if you have yet to try smart wool socks, the heaviest weight and highest percentage wool. expensive but will last for years and years. They also insulate very well when wet, as sweat may be the issue there.

A:

Being gone from family and friends even more than we already are. This stuff is fun and new for us though. -Z


Q:

yo. yall used to have mac n cheese and it was FIRE. can you let em know I want that back pls? ty.

A:

Do you speak to your parents in Japanese or English?


Q:

What is the longest distance you've walked in a day?

A:

When are you coming to Italy? Been waiting a long time now :)


Q:

are you the guy that's been tweeting us every single day for 4 years?

A:

It's a mix. When I don't know the word in japanese, I just substitute it with English.


Q:

Roughly 30 miles.

A:

We like it there too! Probably this year. Keep an eye out. -Z


Q:

I’ve rarely if ever have had an order messed up by y’all. Just wanna say thank you! Also, what’s the best movie of 2017?

A:

I'm at a sushi place right now. What is your favorite sushi?


Q:

Other than you under cooking roots..... What's the downright stupidest thing you've seen someone do after or during one of your training camps?

A:

I saw you guys play live on The Voice. What was that experience like?


Q:

If you've been following, we picked Lady Bird. lol

A:

Blue fin tuna


Q:
  1. During a crew hike we found two teen boys trying to catch a bear cub, they had it cornered. Talked them into stopping.

  2. A woman with a folding knife that didn't lock tried to carve a stick with it, backwards, aggressively. 8 stitches. She was a champ though and came right back and finished the course. I've actually done it too.

A:

Very bright. Kinda like competing on The Running Man. -Z


Q:

To get the job as a Wendy's media writer, what kind of sass test to you have to pass?

A:

What’s the worst thing about being an elite child athlete?


Q:

What is the most useful survival tip for beginners to know?

A:

Have you guys ever driven the Alcan?


Q:

You must chug a sarsaparilla in less than 5 seconds without getting sick.

A:

Making tons of mistakes in the public eye.


Q:

Always have a small kit on you whenever heading to the outdoors. Have the minimal you need to spend the night. If you're not in an extreme environment (frozen or desert) that can be kept to 1lbs or less. The #1 killer is exposure so prep for it.

Fire: UCO stormproof matches & Wet Fire/Fast Fire/Webber Grill Lighter Cubes (all the sam material which burns at over 1000F for several minutes, the last two brands over ten min)

Water: Aqua Tabs and/or a Sawyer Squeeze

Shelter: Heat Sheet and nylon twine

There's more but it can depend on your climate, activity, and circumstances.

A:

3 times! Once in a brand new Dodge Challenger in late September. That was my favorite- changing elevation, watching the leaves turn in real-time, tripping on the wildlife, and northern lights blazing the rear view mirror at night. So cool, so dangerous, so fun. -eric


Q:

Did all of you get significant bonuses and/or raises from Wendy's this year? I would hope so

A:

What is your favourite program that you have skated so far? And also, with the amount of musical theatre karaoke sessions in your instagram stories, what is your favourite musical? :D


Q:

Do you have any knowledge of the Military's SERE school? How do you feel about it?

A:

Does Feel It Still ever get stuck in your head?


Q:

dear bosses, look at this comment and do as the internet says. pls updoot

A:

I love Broadway. I think Wicked and the Lion King are two of my favorites. Also, Miss Saigon was amazing. I just love them all.

I love Miss Saigon and I also loved skating to Pirates of the Caribbean.


Q:

I taught a 10 day course at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center and have worked with SERE instructors from more than one branch. It's excellent training, wish I could get in on a course. We have retired instructors running a civilian version at our school. Thanks for the question!

A:

All. The. Time. I whistle it to myself in airports and stuff without realizing it. Good song! -eric


Q:

Hi Wendy's Social Media team! How do you guys measure and report on your success? How does the company value social media engagement and track ROI?

A:

I really want to get back into figure skating at 19 years old; what is the best way to do so, and what times do you consider the rink to be near empty?


Q:

Can you professionally instruct me on how to survive for a week with nothing but a bag of lays sour cream chips??


Q:

It can be hard to track. Impressions, engagements, brand metrics, other marketing mumbo jumbo. People are talking about us, a lot, so that helps.

A:

Skating is for all ages. Show up and give it a go. I'd say that during the day when everyone is at school is when the rink is at its emptiest.


Q:

Step 1: Eat Chips, except 1.

Step 2: Use chip for fire tinder

Step 3: Boil water with a hot stone inside the bag to quench thirst from salty chips: https://www.instagram.com/survival_expert/

Step 3: turn the bag inside out to use reflective surface as signal to get rescued

A:

cough -K


Q:

Do you have a favorite tweet, one that you felt really proud of?

A:

Do you take your doggo with you to events or does your doggo stay with a sitter?


Q:

Step 4: jerk off a bunch

A:

Hey Portugal. I recently went to your Las Vegas show at holiday havoc. I’m a decent fan I would say so I support y’all in everything. Was that show not your best though? I felt like it was very rushed


Q:

Anytime someone we like tweets at us, like the pro wrestlers, or Kumail quote tweeting us the other day. Or when Overwatch tweeted us, sort of nerded out a little.

A:

I wish I could, but can't fit the husky in my luggage unfortunately. They stay at the dog hotel!


Q:

that's just a given with those greasy fingers.

A:

The holiday radio shows are always a shorter set for all bands except the headliners. There kinda like mini festival lineups. Just how those things go. No disrespect to Vegas at all! We love y’all. -Z


Q:

Have you ever been chewed out by the higher-ups for comments made?

A:

Is there a story behind your setup for the 3A?


Q:

How do you ensure that water isnt contaminated (wont give you bad case of the runs), since chlorine and iodine tablets aren't enough usually?

A:

Coming to see you guys in Athens in Feb, been almost 3 years since I’ve seen y’all! Hopefully we can grab a beer or something after, but if you guys had to listen to one Justin Bieber song for the rest of time, what would it be and why?


Q:

Chewed out? No. Though sometimes they let us know they don't exactly like certain things lol

A:

Get it done!


Q:

According to the CDC guidelines for backpackers pre treatment with chem tabs then >2 micron absolute filtration and you're good to go. This is why I love the sawyer squeeze and life straw gravity filters (they have pre treatment reservoirs). https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/backcountry_water_treatment.html

A:

Athens is the best!! Honestly I have no idea. -Z


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How many people are on the team responsible for sending tweets?What's the process for posting tweets, do you need to get copy approved before posting?

A:

Do you ever visit Japan with your family?

Best of luck with the Olympics.


Q:

What Survival TV shows are the most informative? And which are full of it?

A:

Absolutely love you guys! You’re the reason I started playing music and became the audio engineer I am today. However, I have one question that has had me guessing for quite some time. Who is the baby on the cover of the American Ghetto album? Is it John or another band member? Or just a random youngin’?


Q:

We don't get approval for everything, but definitely for some stuff.

A:

My parents spend a lot of time working at the restaurant, so I've only gone to Japan with both of my parents once, but I remember it fondly.


Q:

Sadly to say they are basically all full of it. All are staged, some claim for safety but it's more for skill, and they often portray methods that just don't work in real life. With one exception, Ray Mears and his stuff. I love that guy, he's a real legend. His episodes are real tutorials.

A:

It’s John and his nephew up in Alaska. -Z


Q:

Can you give an example of the kind of tweet you'd need to get approval to post? Just curious.

A:

Did you start figure skating on your own? Did your parents ever put pressure on you to do well?


Q:

Ray Mears is amazing. I've got all his books. I love how unpretentious and informative he is.l

A:

Do you guys ever get tired of sticking your fingers up each others bottoms?


Q:

The McDonald's tweets generally need approval.

A:

My parents wanted me to be a golfer but they took me to the rink one day and I asked to be taken to the rink all the time.

Yes, my parents put pressure on me to do well, but I would equate it to expecting a kid to get good grades in school. (I like to think that I did both)


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100%. He's my favorite. I hope I can work with him someday.

A:

Nah, best part of the job -K


Q:

Was there ever a time when you didn't tweet something because it would be too harsh?

A:

Who are your favourite skaters to watch right now? What do you love most about the sport?


Q:

If you were in the movie Cast Away, how differently would you have handled it?

A:

yes, lots of times.


Q:

I really like Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot's long program with the infinity arms everywhere. It is so cool!

A:

I would have poked a hole in wilson and filled it with coconut guts... for snacking.


Q:

Where'd ya get your excellent roasting skills from mate ?

A:

How are you managing the holidays given that Nationals is so early this year???


Q:

This guy Reddits. Thanks for your time on this AMA!

A:

inherited from a smart mouthed family mostly


Q:

Singing Christmas carols in the car!

A:

Thank you!


Q:

Do you have any hard evidence that a strong social media presence boosts sales, or is actually good for the company overall? Or is it just assumed that having a positive public image is intrinsically a good thing?

Edit: is it just me or is anyone else craving Wendy's?

A:

Can I do an AMA for the dog please?


Q:

Are you able to accurately predict who's going to fare best in a survival situation when you meet the people ahead of time?

A:

People say they go eat because of the tweets, and no one has ever lied on the internet


Q:

Great idea. Let's make it happen.

A:

I always say you can never predict how someone will act in an emergency. When we're operating field courses, sometimes the most unsuspecting people will dominate. Sometimes office social dynamics change after our corporate events, because of what it brings out in people. People always surprise me, I love people, I want them to survive.


Q:

What is your all time favorite tweet?

A:

Hi Mirai! Will you be going for 2 3Axels (one in combo obviously) in your Long Program? Rooting for you all the way! xo ♥


Q:

Greetings from Down Under Sir,

Have you had any strange / freaky experiences you can talk about in any searches or your time in the field?

Thankyou in advance.

A:

just any tweet? or our tweets?

Favorite of ours is probably the Wingstop Rap Battles


Q:

One for now. One step at a time :)

A:

One night two people woke up on a desert field exercise screaming from nightmares at the same time, on opposite sides of camp. Freaked everyone out.


Q:

What’s your favorite twitter account besides your own?

A:

What is the very best dessert?


Q:

Growing up in Idaho I used to take flint and steel with me everywhere in the backcountry. It worked well for most situations outside of when it was wet and I didn't have anything dry on me... but best of all the thing seemed to last forever.

What's your preferred/recommended fire starting tool/method?

A:

MoonPie


Q:

Cheesecake

A:

There's plenty of great ways to start a camp fire, but for emergencies I only recommend:

UCO Stormproof matches combined with either esbit/fast fire/or webber fuel cubes.


Q:

Can you speak to the nature of your relationship with the Game Grumps?

A:

Hello! Also a Japanese bilingual here.

I wanted to ask a bit of an unconventional question. I really love your name "Mirai" as it sounds so fresh and Gen Z! Were your parents looking for something unique/current when they thought of it rather than the likes of other names like Mari, Haruna, Kana, etc?

I'm sorry it's a boring question.


Q:

Quite an impressive biography. How can you make a simple fire with stuff you find in the woods ? I know its difficult but what would be the best way?

A:

Well, they're out there tweeting Taco Bell, so you tell us.


Q:

Thanks!

I think they really liked the meaning of my name, Mirai.

Also my middle name is Aileen which is usually spelled Eileen but I think they spelled it with the A since Ai means love in Japanese.

A:

Thanks! Bow and drill friction fire method. That's really the only viable way that's useful anywhere. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb-OZvbjE9S/?taken-by=survival_expert


Q:

What kind of education background do you need to get a job on a team like this?

A:

Hi Marai! Do you have a certain boot that you like? Harlicks are so sturdy, but they are so heavy and it's hard to point the foot. Any advice on choosing the right equipment and taking care of your feet (especially when breaking in your boots)? And best wishes during the the Olympic games in PyeongChang!!!!


Q:

Can you please tell me a funny story of something that happened to you? Would love to see everyone's reaction here. :-)

A:

A Masters at the School of Memeology nothing less


Q:

Right now, I wear Edeas and I love how light they are!

I have flat feet and find that the Edeas fit me really well.

I take a lot of baths in order to relax my sore muscles. Baths are great with 2 cups of epsom salts!

A:

I took the US Marine Corps lead survival instructor, and a Master Sergeant on a 3 day 40 mile backcountry hike, with no food or water and almost no gear (a knife/bottle/piece of string/filter, that's it- not even a med kit). The hike was mostly above 7000' and up to 10,000 at time. I was showing them how I do my expeditions after the 10 day course I taught at their base, as they wanted to learn more. Day 2 we cooked soap roots I harvested for breakfast. I under cooked them. I also ate the center. They felt a little queezy for a few minutes, but I puked bad, real bad, for about 5 hours off and on. I refused to end it or quit. I was so embarrassed. It happened at 9000'+. Step step puke step, step step puke step. Cleared up just fine though. In the end they were almost more impressed. Type 3 fun.


Q:

Is there actually bad blood between you guys and other fast food franchises or is that just fake beef like mcdonalds?

A:

What do you think of Patrick Chan?


Q:

Have you ever worked with the USAF’s SERE? If you have, what is your impression with their overall skill?

A:

All of our beef is real as heck boi. Don't gets us riled up.


Q:

Great guy. Great sense of humor.

A:

That's the only one I haven't yet. I have worked with 2 or 3 of their EOD teams though, which are outstanding.


Q:

Would you rather eat 1 horse-sized baconator or 100 baconator-sized horses?

A:

Ahh thanks for doing this!!!! I’m so excited for the Olympics!

What are some songs on your pump up playlist?

Good luck this year!!!


Q:

What would be in your terms, the easiest region/area to survive in? I live in eastern ky, spent many nights camping and many days hunting. I would assume a region such as mine would be very productive for survival. Abundance of easily made shelters with rock out cropping, caves, dense forests, and plenty of food sources with a relatively mild climate.

Also the hardest?

A:

So basically the T-Rex with bacon?


Q:

Waka Waka by Shakira!

A:

Really if California was in the original shape we found it in, like say Alaska, it would be easiest. A Mediterranean climate that also has extensive aquifers filled by nearby mountains, with plenty of coast to fish and game to hunt is awesome. Really any place remote and wild is good. It still has life. Hardest... I'll say anywhere arctic.


Q:

favorite menu item and why? I love the single classic but my favorite might be the asiago chicken sandwich. I need some lunch.

A:

Do you remember going to Kodomo no Ie? When I used to go, I remember how Enchou Sensei would talk about you and she was really proud of you:))


Q:

What is the worst situation you have been stuck in where your survival skills saved the day?

A:

Baconator, because it's the freaking Baconator


Q:

Yes! I still get a Christmas card every year. It was so much fun!

A:

Gosh I can't really say I was stuck but this hurt really bad: https://www.mensfitness.com/life/outdoor/miles-to-nowhere-hiking-death-valley


Q:

How savage are you?

A:

Oh wow. I've never been to death valley and even lived in California for about a year... I always wanted to go on a brutal march there.


Q:

Randy

A:

Train and acclimate first. It can easily kill in the time of year I went. https://www.mmamania.com/2008/09/08/evan-tanner-dies-in-the-desert-seriously


Q:

What is your favorite meme currently?

A:

Honestly, Death Valley is a must see


A:

Agreed, it is beautiful. Darwin Falls runs year long and fresh celery and watercress grows along the banks. Most people don't know there's a beautiful oasis there.


Q:

Can we get a pic of the team? Curious to see how many of you there are and the faces behind the tweets. Keep up the good work :)

A:

As a structural FF, what drove you to the insanity it takes to be a smoke jumper?


Q:

We sort of keep it secret, because it's more about the brand, and not us when it comes to the Twitter.

A:

Ha thanks. Helitack Rappeller actually, I slid down a rope. Grew up in abject poverty. For me it was just such an honor to have that title, to be able to make such a difference, and I've been into extreme physical challenges since I saw Jack La Lane on tv when I was 12. The opportunity presented itself, so I lept on it.


Q:

How many 10 year olds do you think you could beat in a fight?

A:

Hello, thanks a lot for doing this! I've always loved to go on long hikes and do outdoor activities, but never really looked into learning any sort of survival skills. Living in the UK, do you know if there are any courses that are similar to what you have to offer? I am sceptical of the few that I have found and not sure if they will actually teach anything that can be applied in real life scenarios or they are just there to make money.


Q:

how tough are the ten year olds?

A:

I would recommend ray mears. I think his schoo is called Woodlore. He is a legend. Thanks for participating!


Q:

How's your relationship going with Arin from Game Grumps?

A:

I've heared that they are not comparable, but noone could explain why exactly, so can you explain why swiss army knives and leathermans are so different, while both are considered multitools?


Q:

Complicated

A:

Leatherman implies pliers while swiss knives don't. Usually multi-tool is reserved for models with pliers.


Q:

Who is Wendy's favourite Pokémon?

A:

Which celebrities have you trained? Been on television? Written any Survival Books? Ima big fan of Baer Grills and Less Stroud. Do you agree or disagree with their skills/training?


Q:

Gengar

A:

Rob Riggle, Stephanie Beatriz, Mike Rowe, and The Golden God off the top of my head. I love Bear and he's very talented- but his stuff is all staged with a lot of help with outside experts. Les isn't too bad but I don't know about his bigfoot stuff lol. I've been on tv a lot, CNN with Mike Rowe's old show Somebody's Gotta Do It, CBS News, ABC News, KTLA, a bunch of news stuff mostly. A lot of publications as well, and some YouTube stuff like with the Try Guys. Book coming early 2018, DVD on wild plants available on Amazon "Off The Land"


Q:

What's your favorite Star Wars movie?

A:

By Golden God, do you mean Dennis Reynolds? Or...


Q:

anything with Jar Jar obviously

A:

You know exactly who I mean. Is this not reddit?


Q:

You guys once sent me a 3D printed trophy for winning the easiest and most delicious food bet of all time (100 consecutive weekdays of Wendy's), so thank you for that. What can I do to earn another?

EDIT: Proof, as requested

A:

Oh shit! How was it?

Are you his source for the dangers (implications) of sea travel?


Q:

Don't know what you can do to earn another, but totally remember that! Glad you're still out here internetting.

A:

Hardcore dude. Highly motivated and intelligent. Very skilled. Insists on personal success. Great conversation.

No sorry lol!


Q:

Favorite Joke?

A:

hold on, grabbing a Laffy Taffy .

What kind of ship doesn't sink?
Friendship .


Q:

Was there any kind of award or commission for any of the team members involved on the initial tweet to the kid to get 10 million retweets for lifetime nuggets?

A:

We won quite a few awards, also my mom put an article on the fridge


Q:

How the heck do you fit that much food into the 4 for $4 deal?

A:

very carefully


Q:

How much sweat tea can you chug in 10 minutes?

A:

yes, sweet tea. Based on chugging metrics we'll say a whole bunch of...sweet tea.


Q:

Why did you get rid of the country fried steak sandwich in the mid 90's and will you consider bringing it back?

A:

We weren't even 10 when this happened


Q:

How many upvotes do I need for free nuggets for 2018?

A:

We have been strictly forbidden from doing this, our apologies


Q:

Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized nugget or 100 nugget-sized horses?

A:

We'll take the giant nugget pls.


Q:

Do any of you actually eat Wendy's on a regular basis?

A:

Yep.


Q:

Why does your Canadian packaging say "100% Canadian Beef" and your American packaging say "100% North American Beef"?

WHERE DOES THE BEEF COME FROM?

A:

Canada is part of North America, but not all of North America is in Canada.


Q:

Is Wendy's tweeting a 40hr per week gig? Is it internal or external? If external, what does the scope look like?

A:

it is way more than 40 hours a week